Sir David Attenborough issued a chilling warning to the world today about the collapse of the natural world at the United Nations climate talks in Katowice, Poland.
The TV presenter and naturalist delivered a message calling for leaders and decision-makers to take charge on driving down greenhouse gas emissions.
Sir David was speaking on behalf of the UN’s “People’s Seat” initiative to give ordinary people a voice at the international talks by gathering their thoughts, ideas, and concerns through social media and polling in the past two weeks.
In a speech broadcast on the BBC, Attenborough announced: “If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon":
"We're facing a man-made disaster of global scale... time is running out" - Sir David Attenborough issues warning at UN Climate Conference #COP24 in Poland https://t.co/I8q5wKRm3v pic.twitter.com/e2GlRChign
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