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Sir
David Attenborough has delivered a grave warning about the future
of our planet.

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  • Renowned English broadcaster and natural historian Sir
    David Attenborough delivered a stark warning about the future
    of our planet during the UN Climate Change Summit in Poland,
    Monday. 
  • Attenborough warned that the world’s survival depends
    on swift action to prevent climate change.
  • “If we don’t take action, the collapse of our
    civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world
    is on the horizon,” he said.
  • Attenborough’s speech comes at a crossroad for global
    climate action. Over the weekend,
    19 G20 member states reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris
    climate accord
    — except for the US, which has cast doubt on
    climate science assessments. 
  • But the human-led impact of climate change is already
    being observed around the world — from extreme weather events
    to
    devastating fires
    .

Renowned English broadcaster and natural historian
Sir David Attenborough delivered a tough warning about what the
future of our planet looks like, during the UN Climate Change
Summit in Poland. 

Attenborough, known for hosting nature broadcasts including the
popular BBC series “Planet Earth,” was chosen for the UN’s
“people’s seat,” representing those populations most affected by
climate change. The summit hoped to  spur global action
after the 2015 Paris climate accord.

Speaking in Katowice to delegations from nearly 200
nations, Attenborough warned that the world’s existence depends
on taking swift action to prevent climate change. 

“Right now we are facing a manmade disaster of global
scale, our greatest threat in thousands of years: climate
change,” he said.

“If we don’t take action,” he continued, “the collapse of
our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world
is on the horizon.”


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Sir David Attenborough
speaking at to delegates at the UN climate change summit in
Poland.


Screenshot/The
Guardian



He implored governments of the world to take meaningful action
steps to prevent our planet’s destruction. 

The world’s people have spoken. Time is running out,” he
said. 
“They want you, the decision-makers, to
act now. Leaders of the world, you must lead. The continuation of
civilisations and the natural world upon which we depend is in
your hands.” 

Governments around the world are taking aim at combatting
climate change. Over the weekend,
19 G20 member states reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris
climate accord
– except for the US, which
pulled out
of the landmark agreement last year. 

The US has previously pledged to cut its greenhouse gas
emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, and to
provide billions in aid for poorer countries by 2020.

President Trump last week said he “doesn’t
believe
” his own administration’s report on the economic
impact of climate change, which projected a hit in the
hundreds of billions of dollars thanks to climate change.

But scientists have observed that the human-led impact of climate
change is already pretty identifiable around the world. 

According to the 
World
Meteorological Organization

, the 20 warmest years ever
recorded were in the past 22 years. The four warmest have been
the past four years. And the UN has warned that
action needs to increase drastically
in order to limit global
warming to a maximum of 1.5 Celsius or risk facing catastrophic
droughts, flooding, and heatwaves.

Extreme heat has certainly become more frequent across the
globe, shattering records and causing


devastating fires across major cities

. In July, Greece
declared 

a
state of emergency

as massive fires wiped out entire
towns. California experienced


its deadliest fire in history

 this month.

And researchers have also found that climate change is
contributing to the destruction of some of the world’s most
vulnerable natural habitats and is
compounding natural disasters
, like hurricanes, by increasing
rainfall.

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