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Sir David Attenborough stresses 'radical' change needed to combat climate change

Sir David Attenborough stresses 'radical' change needed to combat climate change”

In testimony to British lawmakers Tuesday, famed scientist and environmental advocate Sir David Attenborough said that humanity "cannot be radical enough" in working to stop the ravages of the climate crisis from destroying the planet.

Mr Attenborough, who has been making nature documentaries for nearly 70 years, named Australia in his damning speech as one of the countries worst affected by climate change.

"The problems of the next 20 to 30 years are major problems that are going to cause great social unrest and great changes in what we eat and how we live", he added.

Attenborough opened the session by recalling his most vivid memory of seeing climate change occur at the Great Barrier Reef.

When visiting the Australian landmark in 1957 he had 'the extraordinary experience of diving on the reef and suddenly seeing this multitude of fantastic handsome forms of life'.

But upon his return 10 years ago, he said: "Instead of multitudes of wonderful forms of life, I was struck by how it was bleached white because of the rising temperatures and increasing acidity of the seas".

Sir David is expected to be questioned on a range of issues relating to climate change and the country's ambition to have net-zero emissions by 2050.

The hearing was part of an inquiry into the government's "Clean Growth Strategy".

Speaking about his shift from entertainer to climate advocate, Mr Attenborough said he didn't have a choice.

"We can not be radical enough with dealing with these issues", he told politicians on Wednesday. Dealing with problems means we've got to change our lifestyle'.

Attenborough took aim at the U.S. and Australia as countries where climate science denial was particularly strong.

Responding to the argument that countries like the United Kingdom should not act because their contribution is smaller than that of larger economies like China, Attenborough said: "that is a very dismal, pessimistic view of life". "And that is a source of great comfort in a way, but also the justification, the reality, that these young people are recognizing that their world is the future".

"And one hopes that the electorate will actually respond to those".

'As it was us who started the problems, and if we are now taking a lead in solving the problem that only the right and responsible thing to do'.

Asked if he was optimistic climate change could be tackled, he said: "I've no idea as to what the future holds, I see no future in being pessimistic".



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