David Attenborough's Warning To World Leaders

David Attenborough has issued a heartfelt plea to world leaders, urging them to take immediate action on climate change.

The naturalist was chosen to represent the world's people at COP24, a United Nations climate summit in Poland with delegates from almost 200 countries from around the globe. At the meeting, leaders negotiated on how to turn the 2015 Paris climate deal from commitments into reality.

As part of the people's seat initiative, video messages from individuals around the globe were played. These also informed Attenborough's address at the event.

“Right now we are facing a man made disaster of global scale, our greatest threat in thousands of years: climate change,” Attenborough said.

“If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.”

Attenborough made a passionate plea to the conference. Image: Getty Images.

Attenborough also urged everyone to use the UN's new ActNow chatbot which aims to give people the power to take personal action on climate change.

“The world’s people have spoken. Time is running out. They want you, the decision-makers, to act now," he said.

"Leaders of the world, you must lead. The continuation of civilisations and the natural world upon which we depend is in your hands.”

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Global temperatures have continued to rise for most of 2018. According to the World Meteorological Organisation's draft statement on the State of the Climate, the last four years have been the hottest recorded in history and the 20 warmest years in history have occurred in the last 22.

The delegation had people from over 200 countries. Image: Getty Images.

The organisation also warned that at current trends the globe could be between three and five degrees warmer in just 50 years.

UN secretary general António Guterres also addressed the delegation calling it the most important meeting since Paris.

“Climate change is running faster than we are and we must catch up sooner rather than later before it is too late,” he said.

“For many, people, regions and even countries this is already a matter of life or death.”

Featured Image: Getty Images.

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