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An Ominous Warning on Climate Change Ahead of COP26

by K. Vatsala Devi
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Just about everyone who has ever tuned in to the National Geographic channel would have definitely heard that sonorous yet soft and clipped tones that belongs to Sir David Attenborough at least once. That distinctive but instantly recognizable voice has given life to so many programs aired on various channels.

The voice with its many ranges and octaves has often times made us feel like Sir David was only talking only us and no one else. Born on 8 May 1926, Sir David who is an English broadcaster, writer, and naturalist more famously noted for his educational television programs. Now the voice has issued mankind an ominous warning on climate change.

“If we don’t act now, it’ll be too late,” said Sir David ahead of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.

In an interview with BBC, the Englishman said that the richest nations have “a moral responsibility” to help the world’s poorest. And it would be “really catastrophic” if we ignored their problems,” he further added.

During the interview, he was quick to add that every day that passes by without us, mankind doing anything about it, is wasted and that the COP26 has been billed as the last best chance to keep global temperature to rise no more than 1.5C. COP26 is the 2021 United Nations climate change conference that will take place in Glasgow from 31 Oct 2021 to 12 November 2021.

Sir David Attenborough

COP26 Discusses Climate Change

According to the COP website, for nearly three decades the UN has been bringing together almost every country on earth for global climate summits – called COPs – which stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’ and that time climate change has gone from being a fringe issue to a global priority. This year will be the 26th annual summit – giving it the name COP26.

In the run up to COP26 the UK is working with every nation to reach agreement on how to tackle climate change. World leaders will arrive in Scotland, alongside tens of thousands of negotiators, government representatives, businesses, and citizens for twelve days of talks.

Not only is it a huge task but it is also not just yet another international summit. Most experts believe COP26 has a unique urgency.

One of the goals for COP26 are securing global net zero by mid-century and keeping 1.5 degrees within reach. For this purpose, countries are being asked to come forward with ambitious 2030 emissions reductions targets that align with reaching net zero by the middle of the century. Other goals are to adapt to protect communities and natural habitats, mobilize finance, as well as working together to deliver the results. The challenges of climate change can only be met by working together.

The agenda of the COP26 definitely resonates with Sir David’s call for an urgent response that reflects the latest scientific assessment, where to avoid the worst impacts of rising temperatures, global carbon emissions need to be halved no later than 2030.

“If we don’t act now, it will be too late,” he said. “We have to do it now.”

Image credit/source : Conor McDonnell/ Sir David Attenborough’s defunct Instagram page

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