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Sir David Attenborough Slams Australia For Not Doing More To Combat Climate Change

Stewart Perrie


Sir David Attenborough Slams Australia For Not Doing More To Combat Climate Change

Sir David Attenborough has slammed Australia for not doing more to combat the effects of climate change.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison outlined his government's plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions by the year 2050 this week.

While it was big for a Coalition government to set their sights on greener technology and less reliance on fossil fuels, the Prime Minister was criticised for not providing proper detail in how net zero will be achieved.

As The Guardian explained, a third of the plan relies on 'unspecified "technology breakthroughs" and "global trends" while a further 20 per cent will be achieved through offsets'.

As countries prepare to send delegates to Glasgow for a climate change summit, the world's most beloved naturalist and documentary filmmaker has taken aim at those who need to do better.

Credit: REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein
Credit: REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

In an interview with the BBC, Sir David said Australia needs to up the ante, especially considering we are already feeling the effects of climate change.

"There are still people in North America, there are still people in Australia who say 'no, no, no, no, of course, it's very unfortunate that there was that forest fire that absolutely demolished, incinerated that village, but it's a one-off,'" he said.

"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."

He said the developed world needs to do a hell of a lot more in the short and long term to help ensure the worrying predictions of hotter summers, wilder weather and possible sea level changes don't happen.

Not only that, but Sir David said it is also a 'moral requirement' that we help poorer countries with their climate targets so that everyone is doing their bit.

Credit: Alistair Heap/Alamy Live News
Credit: Alistair Heap/Alamy Live News

"Whole parts of Africa are likely to be unliveable - people will simply have to move away because of the advancing deserts and increasing heat, and where will they go? Well, a lot of them will try to get into Europe," he said.

"Do we say, 'Oh, it's nothing to do with us' and cross our arms?"

While many people would be terrified of getting a telling off by Sir David Attenborough, it appears Scott Morrison isn't fazed.

Speaking on Sunrise, the Prime Minister was asked whether the documentarian's comments left him 'embarrassed' for his government's plans to achieve net zero.

"I'm not embarrassed at all when it comes to doing what is right by Australia," Mr Morrison said. "Everyone else who doesn't understand Australia, alchemy and the challenges we have.

"We are getting results. We are getting it done. Our emissions are down."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Sir David Attenborough, Australia

Stewart Perrie
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