Prince William listens to Sir David Attenborough during a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Prince William listens to Sir David Attenborough during a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Climate crisis needs urgent action - Attenborough

By Reuters Time of article published Jan 24, 2019

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INTERNATIONAL - Britain’s Prince William turned interviewer at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday, quizzing TV naturalist David Attenborough on what he called world leaders’ “faltering” steps to tackle environmental challenges.

“Normally I have to endure people asking me questions so it’s quite nice to be able to turn the tables for once,” William, who is second in line to the throne, joked to the 92-year-old TV broadcaster.

Attenborough, whose natural history programmes include Blue Planet II and Dynasties, said it was difficult to overstate how urgent the climate crisis had become.

“We are now so numerous, so powerful, so all-pervading that we can actually exterminate whole ecosystems without even noticing it,” said Attenborough, who was born within weeks of William’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

He hailed the 2015 Paris climate agreement as a point where world leaders had recognised the dangers of rising temperatures, but noted this had not been universal. “There have been people who have withdrawn from that,” he said.

Speaking last month on the sidelines of UN climate talks in Poland, Attenborough told Reuters that President Donald Trump was “out on a limb” in his attitude to climate change.

On stage with William, there were lighter-hearted moments.

The former air ambulance pilot met Attenborough’s praise of a helicopter pilot who helped achieve a camera shot for his new Netflix documentary series Our Planet, by remarking: “All helicopter pilots are very skilful, David.” 

- Reuters African News Agency (ANA)

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