David Attenborough Says The “Garden of Eden” Is No More As We Wreck The Natural World

Sir David Attenborough, who gave a powerful speech about climate change, pictured here at the National Audubon Society Annual Gala. lev radin/shutterstock

In 2018, global leaders at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meeting agreed to keep temperatures below 1.5°C (2.7°F) above pre-industrial levels, otherwise the fallout to our actions would be imminent. 

When asked by the Duke of Cambridge what his message is to the leaders in the room, he replied: “Care for the natural world. Not only care for the natural world but treat it with a degree of respect and reverence. 

“The natural world is the source of all wonder and our future is bound up together in it... We have never been more powerful. We can wreck it with ease."

The next couple of years will be a true test of our willpower to make change, or at least to support those who are endeavoring to do so.

"Over the next two years there will be United Nations decisions on climate change, sustainable development, and a new deal for nature. Together, these will form our species’ plan for a route through the Anthropocene," said Attenborough in his Davos speech

"What we do in the next few years will profoundly affect the next few thousand years."

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