Wednesday, 24 April, 2019

WWF supports call by Sir David Attenborough to save natural world

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Cary Marshall | 26 January, 2019, 23:00

"We are now so numerous, so powerful, so all-pervasive...that we can actually exterminate whole ecosystems without even noticing it", said Attenborough, who was born weeks apart from William's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. "The plastic problems in the seas are wreaking havoc on natural life, the extent of which we do not fully know", he said.

"We have now to be really careful what we do".

Sir David Attenborough and Prince William at the Davos conference.

"It is not. We are all one world and that is the important thing that we need to recognise, and which organisations and events like this give you the optimism of feeling that fact, that fundamental attractive fact is now being recognised".

It came after Attenborough was interviewed by the British royal family's Prince William earlier in the day at another Davos event.

As the broadcaster began to explain that rising temperatures are one of the biggest dangers facing the planet today, he went on to highlight the difficulty in capturing the precise moment a glacier "calved" the large fragment of ice.

Sir David also discussed his new nature documentary Our Planet, saying streaming it on Netflix would allow it to be seen by millions of people around the world.

Britain's Prince William turned interviewer at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday, quizzing TV naturalist David Attenborough on what he called world leaders' "faltering" steps to tackle environmental challenges. We can use drones, we can use helicopters ... we can speed things up, we can slow things down, and film in the darkness.

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Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International, said: "There's no doubt we are destroying our planet faster than ever, with catastrophic consequences for ourselves".

The Duke of Cambridge sat down to "turn the tables" in interview with wildlife legend Sir David Attenborough.

According to the Guardian, Sir David said that back then, the world felt unexplored and exciting, particularly when visiting the Tropics for the first time.

"What we do now and in the next few years will profoundly affect the next few thousand years", he added. It's not just a question of beauty or interest or wonder, it's the essential ingredient of human life - a healthy planet.

The Blue Planet and Dynasties creator said: "We can create a world with clean air and water, unlimited energy and fish stocks that will sustain us well into the future".

Sir David, 92, responded: "There has never been a time when more people have been out of touch with the natural world, than there is now".

Sir David also alluded to the growing tide of plastic waste filling our oceans.

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