Sir David Attenborough urged summit delegates to tackle climate change, in aspeech delivered at the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference of theParties (COP26).

Speaking in Glasgow, the 95-year-old highlighted the inequalities of climatechange, which most impacts young people and nations that have contributed theleast to the problem.

“This story is one of inequality as well as instability. Today, those who havedone the least to cause this problem are being hardest hit. Ultimately, all ofus will feel the impacts… some of which are now unavoidable.

“Perhaps the fact that the people most affected by climate change are nolonger some imagined future generation but young people alive today, will giveus the impetus we need to re-write our story, to turn this tragedy into atriumph.”

The COP26 is hoping to reach a consensus on actions to keep global warming to1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels and to secure net-zeroemissions by 2050.

Attenborough also highlighted his hope that despite the damage done, we canwitness the recovery of the natural world.

“If, working apart, we are a force powerful enough to destabilise our planetsurely, working together, we are powerful enough to save it. In my lifetime, Ihave witnessed a terrible decline. In yours, you could, and should witness awonderful recovery. That desperate hope, ladies and gentlemen, delegates,excellencies, is why the world is looking to you – and why you are here.”

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