Speaking at the opening ceremony of the COP24 UN climate conference in Poland today, world-renowned Sir David Attenborough has warned that climate change could lead to the collapse of civilisations and the extinction of “much of the natural world”.
Sir David Attenborough at #COP24: "If we don’t take #ClimateAction, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon." #TakeYourSeat pic.twitter.com/kjbUvLntBf
— UN Climate Change (@UNFCCC) December 3, 2018
Sir David added: “Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years. Climate change. 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,” he said.
Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General, also said that climate change was already “a matter of life and death” for many countries. He added that the conference was an effort to “right the ship” and he would convene a climate summit next year to discuss next steps.
The conference ends on December 14.