Sir David Attenborough’s key role in saving the world

David Attenborough says ‘we are intruders’

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The wildlife and environmental campaigner has been made People’s Advocate for the COP26 United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow this autumn. Sir David will try to persuade governments and industries to do more to tackle global warming at a series of events in the run up to the November gathering. His appointment was confirmed yesterday to mark six months until the summit – described as the most important climate meeting since the signing of the Paris Agreement on greenhouse gas emissions in 2015.

Mr Johnson said: “Sir David Attenborough has already inspired millions of people in the UK and around the world with his passion and knowledge to act on climate change and protect the planet for future generations.

“There is no better person to build momentum for further change as we approach the COP26 climate summit in November.”

He added: “I am hugely grateful to Sir David for agreeing to be our People’s Advocate.”

Delighted with the job, the veteran broadcaster said: “I am greatly honoured to be given the role. There could not be a more important moment that we should have international agreement.

“The epidemic has shown us how crucial it is to find agreement among nations if we are to solve such worldwide problems.

“But the problems that await us within the next five to 10 years are even greater.

“It is crucial that these meetings in Glasgow, COP26, have success, and that at last the nations will come together to solve the crippling problems that the world now faces.”

The Life on Earth maker has previously described COP26 as possibly “our last opportunity to make the necessary step-change” towards protecting the planet.

COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma said: “Climate change is the greatest threat facing humanity and the stakes could not be higher for our planet.

“The next decade will be make or break for cutting global emissions sufficiently to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

“That is why I am delighted to be working with Sir David, a hero for our country and our planet, to inspire action ahead of COP26.”

Sir David’s appointment comes as Mr Sharma urges governments, international organisations, businesses and campaign groups to accelerate bold pledges ahead of the summit to put the world on a path to net zero emissions by 2050.

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