The broadcaster said during a podcast that he was encouraged by the young people taking climate change seriously.
At a time when people are ruing over the damage that has been done to the planet with pollution, deforestation and other environmental detriments, one man is worried sick about nature. And who better to tell us, how to rectify our mistakes than Sir David Attenborough who said he hasn't got many years left to fight climate change, reports The Guardian.
“This is the new extinction and we are half way through it. We are in terrible, terrible trouble and the longer we wait to do something about it the worse it is going to get.” #climateaction https://t.co/ccUf7amPUl— Greenpeace (@Greenpeace) April 21, 2019
When he was asked about the world that his great-grandchildren will live in, he said: “I don’t spend time thinking about that because I can’t bear it. I’m just coming up to 93, and so I don’t have many more years around here. I find it difficult to think beyond that because the signs aren’t good.”
“[Young people] understand the simple discoveries of science about our dependence upon the natural world,” he said. “My generation is no great example for understanding – we have done terrible things."
Sir David was speaking with regards to the organization, UK Student Climate Network, that held its third Youth Strike 4 Climate demonstrations two weeks ago. The students have been taking to the streets across the UK demanding climate justice and a Green New Deal.
don't waste.— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) April 22, 2019
don't waste food. don't waste power. don't waste time.
Sir David Attenborough has some advice for preserving our planet. pic.twitter.com/XL5Jya2lXE
The broadcaster said during a podcast interview with former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres that he was encouraged by the young people taking climate change seriously. “That is the one big reason I have for the feeling we are making progress. If we were not making progress with young people, we are done.”
“There will be cynics who try to dismiss [the school strikers] and say they don’t understand the world and how it works,” Attenborough said in the interview, released by Figueres’s Global Optimism group. “Young people may lack experience but they also have clear sight.”
A good egg. This week David Attenborough put the climate crisis front and centre in a rousing call to arms. He is pictured here with the egg of the extinct Madagascan elephant bird. #HappyEaster everyone! pic.twitter.com/46tRcpc1nz— The Ice Age (@Jamie_Woodward_) April 21, 2019
“They can see perhaps more clearly than the rest of us who have been around for some time,’” he said. “We older ones should take notice of what they say.”
At the age of 93, the renowned environmentalist and broadcaster has two new series on BBC and Netflix - Climate Change - The Facts and Our Planet. And he has been urging people to take climate change seriously before it gets too late.
And we can clearly understand the situation at present, considering how global warming is increasing the frequency of damaging extreme weather. The scientists are also concerned about the carbon emissions that could lead to droughts, floods, and poverty to millions of people if it is not taken care of by 2030. Even wildlife is also being killed off by human actions, with animal populations falling by an average of 60% since 1970.
So it is indeed the need of the hour to take care of our planet by ensuring certain preventive measures. Be it reducing pollution by carpooling, or even closing the tap water when we are brushing -- every single action counts and it is up to us to ensure we leave behind a Green Earth for the future generations.
As Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has,” students fighting climate change may ultimately be the answer for it.