IS ANY­BODY LIS­TEN­ING?

Sir David At­ten­bor­ough warns world lead­ers, but… to read more of Sir David’s words at the UN cli­mate change con­fer­ence and to find out about the kids who went on strike for the planet

First News - - FRONT PAGE - by edi­tor in chief Nicky Cox

The ex­tinc­tion of much of the nat­u­ral world is on the hori­zon The world’s peo­ple have spo­ken. Their mes­sage is clear. Time is run­ning out

The TV pre­sen­ter said it could lead to the ex­tinc­tion of “much of the nat­u­ral world”.

Sir David was speak­ing to world lead­ers at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the United Na­tions cli­mate talks in Ka­tow­ice, Poland. He said: “Right now, we are fac­ing a man-made dis­as­ter of global scale. Our great­est threat in thou­sands of years. Cli­mate change.”

Sir David had “the Peo­ple’s Seat” at the con­fer­ence this week, mean­ing that he was tak­ing the mes­sage of the peo­ple to their lead­ers. “The world’s peo­ple have spo­ken. Their mes­sage is clear. Time is run­ning out. They want you, the de­ci­sion-mak­ers, to act now,” he said.

The hope is that world lead­ers lis­ten and act on the en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist’s words. Among those who ARE lis­ten­ing to the warn­ings are schoolkids across Aus­tralia. Thou­sands of stu­dents ig­nored their prime min­is­ter’s or­der to stay in school and marched on the na­tion’s cities to de­mand an end to politi­cians’ lack of ac­tion on cli­mate change (see photo above).

Go, kids!

Sir David At­ten­bor­ough at the COP24 cli­mate change con­fer­ence in Poland

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