Speaking in Katowice to delegations from almost 200 nations, Attenborough warned that the world's existence depends on taking swift action to prevent climate change.
The year's most important meeting on climate change got underway in Poland this week with one glaring absence: a high-level U.S. presence. "Time is running out".
"They're supporting you in making tough decisions but they're also willing to make sacrifices in their daily lives". "That amount of Carbon dioxide emissions is also the same as 8,243 American homes for an entire year, according to EPA".
Harjeet Singh, who leads the climate advocacy of ActionAid, said the high-level summit should be ultimately about helping and protecting people, particularly the most vulnerable to the adverse impact of a rapidly warming world.More news: Fortnite's new creative mode lets you build on your own private island
"We need a unifying implementation vision that sets out clear rules, inspires action and promotes raised ambition, based on the principle of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities in light of different national circumstances". "Leaders of the world, you must lead".
Stating that we "are extremely concerned about the climate crisis" Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama issued a joint statement, together with three other former COP Presidents, last night calling on countries to send an unequivocal message from COP24 in Katowice, Poland, that they are serious about strengthening their commitments to reduce emissions and help build resilience.
In a rare intervention, presidents of previous United Nations climate summits issued a joint statement as the talks got underway, calling on states to take "decisive action.to tackle these urgent threats".
The U.N. chief chided countries, particularly those most responsible for greenhouse gas emissions, for failing to do enough to back the 2015 Paris climate accord, which set a goal of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) - ideally 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) - by the end of the century.
A young woman in China said she was already living with the impacts of climate change, while another woman standing in front of a building destroyed by a wildfire said, "This used to be my home".
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Severely reducing emissions is the only way reach the 1.5-degree goal, experts say, but it will be an expensive feat.
Trump is a promoter of fossil fuels and nuclear power and has proposed renegotiating the Paris Accord - an idea many dismiss as impractical.
"Climate change is running faster than we are, and we must catch up sooner rather than later before it is too late", he warned.
"It is now more critical than ever that all countries commit to doing their fair share of cutting emissions and providing the tools and resources required to address climate change".
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