The veteran broadcaster informs the UN Security Council that the climate crisis is the “greatest threat to security” that people are confronted with

TV environmentalist and activist Sir David Attenborough grimly warned world leaders about climate change: “It’s already too late”

Sir David, invited by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to attend the UN Security Council (UNSC) climate meeting, simply said: “Please make no mistake – climate change is the greatest security threat modern humans have ever faced”

In his passionate address, the seasoned broadcaster said that he did not “envied” the responsibility placed on “you and your governments”, but warned: “We have left the stable and safe climatic phase from which our civilizations emerged are

“There is no going back – no matter what we do now, it is too late to avoid climate change and the poorest, most vulnerable and the least secure are sure to suffer now””

Mr Johnson gave Sir David the platform since Britain is currently chairing the UN Security Council

And when practically opening the first UN leadership summit on climate change, Mr Johnson described the threat to global security as “of paramount concern” and said a warming planet is driving uncertainty “through weather and uprooted communities Hunger, for warlords who benefit from finding resources “

He called for action to help vulnerable countries adapt to climate change and reduce global emissions to “net zero” – which requires huge reductions in greenhouse gases and residual pollution to be achieved through measures such as planting to be balanced by trees – to protect prosperity and prosperity security

And he received support from French President Emmanuel Macron, who called on the United Nations Security Council to appoint a climate security envoy to coordinate climate protection policy

Sir David described this event as possibly “the last opportunity to make the changes necessary” to save the planet

He said, “If we cut emissions with sufficient force, we can still avoid the turning points that are making runaway climate change inexorably

“This November at COP26 in Glasgow we may have the last opportunity to make the necessary changes

“If we objectively view climate change and the loss of nature as global security threats – as they actually are – we can still act proportionately and in good time”

It is because countries are increasingly exposed to the effects of rising temperatures and extreme weather, which forces people to move about and creates competition for increasingly scarce resources

Of the 20 countries most vulnerable to rising global temperatures, 12 are already in conflict

Mr Johnson said, “The United Nations Security Council’s mission is to address the greatest threats to global peace and security, and that is precisely climate change”

But he said, “Unlike many of the issues the Council deals with, we know exactly how to deal with them

“By helping vulnerable countries adapt to climate change and reduce global emissions to zero, we will not only protect our planet’s abundant biodiversity, but also its prosperity and safety”

Christian Aid’s head of climate policy, Dr Kat Kramer said, “Millions of the world’s poorest people are already living with the effects of climate change, which is driving displacement, destroying livelihoods and putting pressure on communities that compete for resources like land and water

“In some countries these effects are driving local conflicts that can be instrumentalized by executives and escalating into violence and war”

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