In a speech before the United Nations Security Council, naturalist and activist, David Attenborough, called climate change the biggest security threat, France24 reported. He addressed a virtual meeting about climate risks to international security.

“If we continue on our current path, we will face the collapse of everything that gives us our security: food production, access to fresh water, habitable ambient temperature and ocean food chains,” Attenborough said, “And if the natural world can no longer support the most basic of our needs, then much of the rest of civilization will quickly break down.”

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“People today all over the world now realize this is no longer an issue which will affect future generations,” he said. “It is people alive today, and, in particular, young people, who will live with the consequences of our actions.”

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Committee chair Boris Johnson told the council, “I know that there are people around the world who will say that this is all kind of green stuff from a bunch of tree-hugging, tofu munchers and not suited to international diplomacy and international politics. I couldn’t disagree more profoundly.”

Both Russia and China questioned the forum of national security as it relates to climate change.

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United States climate envoy John Kerry shared, “We bury our heads in the sand at our own peril. It is time to start treating the climate crisis like the urgent security threat that it is. This is literally the challenge of all of our generations.”

Read more about David Attenborough in One Green Planet, including his appearance on 60 minutes interview with Greta Thunberg,  upcoming documentary, his award from the Queen, thoughts on remote work and the coronavirus, and more about his upcoming BBC documentaries. 

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