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CC ‘our greatest threat’ 4 December 2018

Sir David Attenborough: Climate change ‘our greatest threat’ (via BBC News)

By Matt McGrath

The naturalist Sir David Attenborough has said climate change is humanity’s greatest threat in thousands of years.

The broadcaster said it could lead to the collapse of civilisations and the extinction of “much of the natural world”.

He was speaking at the opening ceremony of United Nations–sponsored climate talks in Katowice, Poland.

The meeting is the most critical on climate change since the 2015 Paris agreement.

Sir David said: “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 naturalist is taking up the “People’s Seat” at the conference, called COP24. He is supposed to act as a link between the public and policy–makers at the meeting.

“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.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary–General, said climate change was already “a matter of life and death” for many countries.

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