Possibly the greatest man on the earth and champion of our planet Sir David Attenborough had a few choice words to say to the Australian government about their lack of action on climate change, as he issued a stark warning to British politicians that mass migration and social unrest would occur if the issue is not addressed immediately.
The 93 year-old told members of the Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee that large areas of Africa would become “even less habitable” than they are now if “radical” climate action is not taken.
The nature historian warned, “I am sorry that there are people who are in power … notably, of course, in the US but also in Australia who are climate change deniers, which is extraordinary because Australia is already facing having to deal with some of the most extreme manifestations of climate change.”
“Both in Australia and America, those voices are clearly heard, and one hopes that the electorate will actually respond to them.”
Attenborough, who has been making nature documentaries for almost 70 years, named Australia in his damning speech as one of the countries worst affected by climate change.
“I will never forget diving in the Great Barrier Reef about ten years ago and suddenly seeing that instead of this multitude of wonderful forms of life, it was stark white, it had bleached white because of the rising temperatures and the increasing acidity of the sea,” he said of his return visit since first diving there in the 1950s.
Attenborough advised that radical action was needed to tackle the climate emergency, “We cannot be radical enough” he said but also called for pragmatism in deciding what was possible and how best to convince the public of the need for change.
Pointing out that opposing voices should not be suppressed but rather listened to. “It’s very, very important that voices of dissent should have a place where they’re heard and the arguments between the two sides can be worked out, compared and analysed in public.”
In a world that often criticises young people, Attenborough praised them for “already making themselves and their voices very, very clear.
“I’m OK, and all of us here are OK, because we don’t face the problems that are coming. But the problems in the next 30 years are really major problems that are going to cause social unrest, and great changes in the way that we live and what we eat. It’s going to happen.”