Sir David Attenborough Lays Into World Leaders At UN Climate Change Summit

James Marshall
December 5, 2018

Without drastic action, there will be catastrophic consequences, he warned.

In the weeks leading up to the event, the United Nations asked people to send their thoughts on climate change.

"Katowice (Poland) may show us if there will be any domino effect", from the USA withdrawal, Laurence Tubiana, CEO of the European Climate Foundation and an architect of the Paris agreement, said in the AFP report.

Guterres also urged negotiators not to forget that the challenges they face pale in comparison to the difficulties climate change already is causing millions of people around the world whose homes and livelihoods are threatened by rising sea levels, drought and more powerful storms.

Attenborough was there to represent the public, by taking the "People's Seat" at the conference.

He later told reporters realities of global climate changes were, "worse than expected, but the political will is relatively faded after Paris" and was not matching the current challenges.

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.

The UN's General Assembly chief Maria Espinosa said the choice between the climate or jobs was false.

"We need a unifying implementation vision that sets out clear rules, inspires action and promotes raised ambition, based on the principle of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities in light of different national circumstances".

According to SBS, the Katowice conference is the most important United Nations event since the Paris Accord in 2015 - the conditions of which were created to prevent further climate disaster, and which we're on track to drastically overshoot.

Calling Trump "meshugge" - Yiddish for "crazy" - for deciding to withdraw from the Paris accord, Schwarzenegger insisted that the climate deal has widespread support at local and state levels in the U.S.

The two-week conference assembled representatives from more than 200 nations to discuss the progress-or lack thereof-on pledges made as part of the 2015 Paris climate deal. Some are on track, others aren't.

Attenborough, who has produced and narrated numerous nature documentaries, is a strong advocate for fighting climate change - but that wasn't always the case.

"The world is at a crossroads and decisive action in the next two years will be crucial to tackle these urgent threats".

A process to enable countries to announce efforts by 2020 to ramp up their domestic ambition on cutting greenhouse gas emissions must be launched, they said, as current efforts are not enough to prevent risky temperature rises.

"In short, we need a complete transformation of our global energy economy, as well as how we manage land and forest resources", Mr Guterres said.

Guterres asked governments to find ways to replace fossil fuels - which contribute about 65 per cent of global greenhouse gases, according to the EPA - with cleaner alternatives.

But the human-led impact of climate change is already being observed around the world - from extreme weather to devastating fires. However, Poland did announce it will cut its reliance on coal to about 50 per cent by 2030.

Some environmental advocates are discouraged by the fact that the meeting in Poland is taking place in in a city that is home to the biggest coal company in the European Union, according to the BBC.

But previous year President Trump shocked the global community when he pulled the USA out of the agreement, saying he would negotiate a new "fair" deal which would not put American businesses and workers at a disadvantage.

Mohamed Adow, climate lead for the Christian Aid charity, said richer nations needed to stump up the cash to allow developing countries to make the leap to renewables.

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