Environmentalist David Attenborough has aimed at Australia as the nation copped it in headlines over its plan to tackle significant targets. Environmentalist David Attenborough has aimed at Australia as the country copped it across world headlines overnight.
Attenborough was among the first to mention Australia directly in a warning ahead of a highly publicized global climate change summit, COP26, in Glasgow. Prime Minister Scott Morrison will also attend.
Attenborough took aim at “people in Australia” who claimed dramatic climate change events, including bushfires, were a “one-off”, as Mr. Morrison defended used a late-night interview to pitch his newly-released climate plan rejecting concerns the government has broken a promise not to increase climate targets.
Mr. Morrison on Tuesday outlined his plan to reach net-zero ahead of the major trip to the UN climate summit. Under the plan, more than $20 billion will be invested in low emissions technologies, including carbon capture and storage. The Prime Minister also unveiled new projections, which, if reached, could see Australia reduce emissions by 30 to 35 percent by 2030.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson congratulated Australia for joining “a growing club” and said he was looking forward to seeing him again in just days.
The EU Commissioner’s Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis also called it a “positive signal”. Yet Attenborough, speaking with the BBC’s David Shukman for his new series, The Green Planet, said people have a “moral responsibility” and outcomes could be “really catastrophic” if we don’t act fast.
“What climate scientists have been saying for 20 years, and that we have been reporting upon, you and I both, is the case – we were not causing false alarms,” he said. “And every day that goes by in which we don’t do something about it is a day wasted. And things are being made worse.
“There are still people in North America; there are still people in Australia who say ‘no, no, no, no, of course, it’s miserable that there was that forest fire that demolished, incinerated that village, but it’s a one-off’.
“Particularly if it’s going to cost money in the short term, the temptation is to deny the problem and pretend it’s not there. “But every month that passes, it becomes more and more incontrovertible, the changes to the planet that we are responsible for that are having these devastating effects.”