Sir David Attenborough has warned countries planning to gather in Glasgow for the upcoming Cop26 climate summit.
“If we don’t act now, it will be too late,” he said BBC. “We have to do it now.”
The 95-year-old broadcaster says the richest nations have “a moral responsibility” to help the world’s poorest.
He added, “Every day that goes by that we don’t do anything about it is a wasted day.”
The UN Climate Science Panel recently concluded that it is “clear” that human activity is driving up global temperatures.
And Sir David added: “Things are getting worse.
“There are still people in North America, there are still people in Australia who say, ‘No, no, no, no, of course it’s very unfortunate that there was this forest fire that absolutely destroyed and burned this village, but it is a single out ‘.
“Especially when it costs money in the short term, there is a temptation to deny the problem and pretend it isn’t there.
“But with every month that goes by, it becomes more and more indisputable that the planetary changes that we are responsible for are having this devastating effect.”
His call for an urgent response reflects the latest scientific assessment that global CO2 emissions must be halved by 2030 to avoid the worst effects of rising temperatures.
This is why the Cop26 talks, which begin October 31, are so crucial to putting the world on safer feet.
Sir David added, “We caused it – our nature of industrialization is one of the main drivers of this climate change. So we have a moral responsibility.
“Even if we hadn’t caused it, we would have a moral responsibility to do something against the thousands of men, women and children who have lost everything, everything. Can we just say goodbye and say that this is none of our business? “
Sir David plans to speak either virtually or in person on Cop26, adding, “Right now I feel it’s a wasted opportunity to just step back and not do the things that I think are very important where I’m well placed. “
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