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INACTION over climate change will lead to the collapse of civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world, Sir David Attenborough warned today.
The naturalist delivered a message on behalf of people around the world to the United Nations climate talks in Poland, calling on leaders to drive down greenhouse gas emissions.
He was speaking as part of the UN’s People’s Seat, an initiative to give ordinary people a voice at the international talks.
Mr Attenborough said the world is facing its “greatest threat in thousands of years: climate change.”
The popular TV presenter continued: “If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.
“The world’s people have spoken, their message is clear, time is running out, they want you, the decision-makers, to act now.
“They’re supporting you in making tough decisions but they’re also willing to make sacrifices in their daily lives.”
UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres warned negotiators at the meeting that the world was “in deep trouble” with climate change.
“Climate change is running faster than we are and we must catch up sooner rather than later, before it’s too late,” he said. “For many people, regions and even countries, this is already a matter of life and death.”
He added that “climate action is not just the right thing to do, it makes social and economic sense,” pointing to how action to cut emissions will curb air pollution deaths and generate millions of jobs and trillions of dollars.
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