Sir David Attenborough slams Australia for lack of action on climate change
Sir David Attenborough has slammed Australia for inaction on climate change, adding that it is one of the countries worst affected by the issue.
Mr Attenborough told members of the British Commons Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy committee about the impact of climate change, including the dangers of not addressing the issue with optimism and immediacy.
Regarding Australia’s inaction on climate change, Mr Attenborough told British MPs it is “extraordinary actually because Australia is already having to deal with some of the most extreme manifestations of climate change.”
Mr Attenborough also spoke about the impact on climate change on the Great Barrier Reef, which he first visited in the 1950s.
Speaking to British MPs, Mr Attenborough said: “I will never forget diving on the [Great Barrier] reef about 10 years ago and suddenly seeing that instead of this multitude of wonderful forms of life, that it was stark white, it had bleached white because of the rising temperatures and the increasing acidity of the sea.”
Mr Attenborough also spoke about other issues regarding climate change, including immigration, the importance of optimism and the hope of young people’s concern for the planet.
“If the world climate change goes on as it is, we are going to be facing huge problems with immigration,” Mr Attenborough said, regarding immigration.
“Large parts of Africa will become even less inhabitable than they are now.”
The naturalist also spoke on optimism, saying: “I see no future in being pessimistic because that leads you to say ‘then, to hell with it, why should I care?’, and I believe that way disaster lies.”
He added he feels an “obligation”, as “the only way you can get up in the morning is to believe that actually we can do something about it.”
“That’s the only way I can operate.”
Mr Attenborough also spoke on young people’s concern for the planet, saying it is “a great source of hope.”
“Young people, particularly, are the stimulus that’s bringing [big change] about,” Mr Attenborough said.
Mr Attenborough said throwing rubbish into the ocean paying to spill rubbish onto foreign land is intolerable, adding “Young people see that very clearly now.”
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