UK’s Attenborough says ‘moment of crisis’ has come on climate

UK’s Attenborough says ‘moment of crisis’ has come on climate

January 20, 2020
Marcia González

Sir David Attenborough has said it is “palpable nonsense” to suggest that Australia’s bushfire crisis has nothing to do with climate change as he warned “the moment of crisis” has arrived

British naturalist David Attenborough said the “moment of crisis” had come in the fight against climate change, warning that governments’ targets for decades in the future were not enough to save the planet.

He called on China, in particular, to reduce its carbon emissions, saying that he thought other countries would follow if China set a lead.

“The moment of crisis has come – we can no longer prevaricate,” said the 93-year-old, who raised public awareness around the world of the danger of plastic pollution in oceans with his television series Blue Planet II.

“We have been putting things off year after year, raising targets and saying, ‘Oh well, if we do it within the next 20 years…’,” he told the BBC in an interview.

“This is an urgent problem that has to be solved. And what is more is that we know how to do it – that’s the paradoxical thing – that we are refusing to take steps that we know have to be taken.”

Attenborough’s interview was part of the BBC’s drive to increase coverage of climate change ahead of a UN conference on climate change, COP 26, in Glasgow in November 2020.

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