Only you can save us from climate disaster, Attenborough tells UN

Only you can save us from climate disaster, Attenborough tells UN

Only you can save us from climate disaster, Attenborough tells UN

The 92-year-old was chosen to represent the people of the world and address delegates at the United Nations climate change summit in Katowice, Poland, The Guardian reported.

"Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale".

Human civilisations could collapse and many species be driven to extinction unless there is more action to tackle climate change, Sir David Attenborough has warned.

"The world's people have spoken", Attenborough summed up. "Time is running out. They want you, the decision-makers, to act now", Attenborough said.

"This is the challenge on which this generation's leaders will be judged", Guterres said. "The continuation of civilisations and the natural world upon which we depend is in your hands".

But previous year President Trump shocked the global community when he pulled the USA out of the agreement, saying he would negotiate a new "fair" deal which would not put American businesses and workers at a disadvantage.

About 10 people attended the event, where speakers claimed - despite plentiful evidence to the contrary - that temperature increases recorded in recent decades are due to increased activity from the sun. So what exactly are US negotiators pushing for at this meeting?

"Even as we witness devastating climate impacts causing havoc across the world, we are still not doing enough, nor moving fast enough, to prevent irreversible and catastrophic climate disruption", Guterres told delegates from nearly 200 countries on the second day of talks.

Attenborough, known worldwide for his uniquely passionate nature documentary narrations, was invited to the COP24 United Nations climate conference in the city of Katowice as a representative of the people of the world, many of who sent in messages that Attenborough reportedly used to inform his speech.


At the opening of the summit on Monday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the world faced a stark choice between life and death.

"We are approaching unsafe climate thresholds, species are disappearing at an unseen rate, lands are degrading at an accelerated pace and global carbon dioxide emissions increased in 2017 after a three-year period of stabilization".

The World Bank has announced it is doubling investments in climate action with $200bn (€176bn) for 2021-2025, including $50bn (€44bn) towards helping countries adapt to the impacts of global warming.

"In short, we need a complete transformation of our global energy economy, as well as how we manage land and forest resources", Mr Guterres said.

Every signee has a different role to play, and the nitty-gritty of how they will work to keep global warming to under 2 degrees Celsius compared to preindustrial levels is the source of conversation at the COP24 climate talks, which just kicked off in Katowice, Poland, and will go on until December 14.

Many countries are already dealing with the droughts, higher seas and catastrophic storms climate change is exacerbating.

15-year-old Swedish girl Greta Thunberg holds a placard reading "School strike for the climate" during a manifestation against climate change outside the Swedish parliament in Stockholm, Sweden, on November 30, 2018.

"We have no time for limitless negotiations..."

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