KATOWICE, Poland – British natural historian Sir David Attenborough made on Monday an urgent address at an international summit in Poland to discuss the future of the 2015 Paris climate accord stating the world faced extinction of species and the collapse of civilization.
Following a damning report by the United Nations that claimed global emissions have reached historic levels with no signs of peaking, world leaders gathered on Monday in the southern city of Katowice for the Conference of the Parties (COP) to review the threat of climate change.
“Evidence outlined here, just days before the start of the 24th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) show global emissions have reached historic levels at 53.5 GtCO2e, with no signs of peaking – the point when emissions switch from increasing to decreasing. Authors assessed that only 57 countries (representing 60 percent of global emissions) are on track to do so by 2030,” the UN report stated.
Attenborough took the “People’s Seat” – an initiative that aims to bring the voice of millions of world citizens to the critical UN conference through a shared hashtag people can use to deliver their messages on climate change – at the conference, stating: “the UN provides a unique platform that can unite the whole world. And as the Paris Agreement proved, together we can make real change happen.”
“If we don’t take climate action, the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon,” Attenborough added.
COP24 will run until Dec. 14 and includes the participation of delegates representing some 197 countries.