David Attenborough, People’s Advocate for #COP26, Address to World Leaders | Climate Action

In an electrifying speech delivered at the opening of the World Leaders Summit on Climate Change in Glasgow, Sir David Attenborough gave a message of hope on behalf of the world that through action, we will witness the recovery of the natural world. But his warning of what will follow should we fail to act was also clear and stark. Sir David’s speech was illustrated with stunning, cinematic pictures shown on giant screens behind him, produced by Silverback Films, the production company that has collaborated with him on many of his most celebrated natural history documentaries.

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Aerialcollection.com – GoodPlanet – Yann Arthus-Bertrand

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  1. All forests of the World should be under protect of the UN with military power
    If you wait till 2030 to protect the forests
    There is no more forest in the World to protect 😞

  2. Yes we can fix it, Global companies that created gases emissions should be accountable to fix there footprints upon the earth. Trillion dollar industries are the usurpers and are accountable to the global crisis. Restoration is accountable and liable to the industries that rely upon the output of pollution. Monetary gains verses climate benefits

  3. People worrying about geopolitics, with global warming, that will only worsen. Geopolitics should no longer be an issue, as the enemies aren't across borders, they're within. Every nation today is responsible for a world that is livable for our children, no one is innocent if an unriversable climate crisis happens.

  4. Good Luck to you all:
    UN | الأمـــــم الـمـتـحـــــدة Leader's!

    Long live the United Nations | الأمـــــم الـمـتـحـــــدة!
    Long live each us | Peacemaker's!

    Let's together for a Better World!
    Let's to a New life | is Better than Before!
    Welcome to – A New History
    Let's to begin together!

    '' OnlyTogether we can. "

    Thank you
    UN | الأمـــــم الـمـتـحـــــدة √

    Thank you.
    And may God's peace be upon you.

    Thank you very much.

    Thank you.

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  5. Good Luck to you all:
    UN | الأمـــــم الـمـتـحـــــدة Leader's!

    Long live the United Nations | الأمـــــم الـمـتـحـــــدة!
    Long live each us | Peacemaker's!

    Let's together for a Better World!
    Let's to a New life | is Better than Before!
    Welcome to – A New History
    Let's to begin together!

    '' OnlyTogether we can. "

    Thank you
    UN | الأمـــــم الـمـتـحـــــدة √

    Thank you.
    And may God's peace be upon you.

    Thank you very much.

    Thank you.

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  6. Tolong selidiki bnpt ri apakah memiliki mafia dukun santet penipu? Kenapa kelompok penyembah dukun santet univ biru yogyakarta belum ditangkap? Apa benar itu dianggap pastur oleh masyarakat sana? Tetapi kenapa seolah sesat?

  7. What a powerful message Sir. David, thank you for your perseverance, teaching and dedication 👏 World leaders attending this important conference should pay more attention to their words and some of them less attention to their mobiles.

  8. Oh, Sir David..
    You Have my respect and appereciation!

    Thank you very much sir!
    for your Awareness | for your role to make the world we seek.

    ———
    The Talmud tells us:  "The whole of the Torah is for the purpose of
    promoting peace."

    The Holy Bible tells us:  "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be
    called sons of God." 

    The people of the world can live together in peace. 

    We know that is
    God's vision. 

    Now that must be our work here on Earth.

    Thank you. 

    And may God's peace be upon you. 

    Thank you very much. 

    Thank you. 

    Indonesia        

    12:21 A.M. (Local)

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  9. Oh, Sir David..
    You Have my respect and appereciation!

    Thank you very much sir!
    for your Awareness | for your role to make the world we seek.

    ———
    The Talmud tells us:  "The whole of the Torah is for the purpose of
    promoting peace."

    The Holy Bible tells us:  "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be
    called sons of God." 

    The people of the world can live together in peace. 

    We know that is
    God's vision. 

    Now that must be our work here on Earth.

    Thank you. 

    And may God's peace be upon you. 

    Thank you very much. 

    Thank you. 

    Indonesia        

    12:23 A.M. (Local)

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  10. no billionaire and decision maker care about this, because every single one of them think they are right and they are good person, and yet everything get worse, because its first ME then others. if people with resources priorities not them selves but other important things, everything get solved but man wants to be better and conquer.

  11. The voice of my childhood youth curiosity with the world around me. Growing up in the countryside made it feel like a world apart from everyone else. David Attenborough here's to you. Hopefully your words were heard.

  12. इस बार लक्ष्मीजी का प्राकट्य नए स्वरूप में सम्पूर्ण विश्व में विभिन्न सभ्यताओं संस्कृतियों को  सनातनी रंग में रंगने के लिए। रिजर्व बैंक हम फिर भर देंगे, न कि भाजपा सरकार की उखड़ी सांसो को सांसे देने के लिए। इस देश और दुनिया के जो हालात हैं को सुधारने के लिए।

    कोरोनाकाल ने सबको आहत किया हैं इसी के चलते निर्णय लिया हैं कि सबकी भागीदारी सुनिश्चित कर मानवता की रक्षार्थ बढ़े कदमों को और आगे बढ़ाया जाए। अभी तक आपके समक्ष जो भी आया आप को एहसास नहीं हुआ क्योंकि आप की मुझ से जुड़ी भावनाएं कुछ सामान्य और कुछ विशेष और कुछ असामान्य रहीं हैं। इन्हीं भावनाओं का सम्मान करते हुए लक्ष्मीपूजन की रात्री में एक विश्व व्यापी संदेश आप सबको प्राप्त होगा जो कि हमारी तपस्या का कलियुग के समुद्रमंथन का अंश परिणाम हैं । सहजता से इस प्रसाद को ग्रहण कर मातृभक्ति,त्याग और साहस का परिचय देवें। कल्कि🪔🕉🌏🌞🌝📿🔔🐳🐗🐯🐮🦣🦌🔱🏹🦅🦉🐓🦜🦢🦚💐🌸💮🏵🌹🥀🌺🌻🌼🌷⚘🌱🪴🌲🌳🌴🌵🌾🌿☘🍀🍁🍂🍃🦋🐵👣🧘🏾🙏🦄🖋🖊🎨🌈🕉🪔📿🦄🏹🦍🪔

  13. शराब बंद जरूर होगी । देश फिर भी चलेगा और पेट्रोल भी सस्ता होगा महगाई भी कम होगी रिजर्व बैंक भी फिर भरेगा । आप लक्ष्मीपूजन रात को मिलने वाले संदेश की गहराई  को समझे वास्तविक समुद्रमंथन चल रहा हैं मजाक नहीं लक्ष्मी जी की कृपा  कैसे होगी।सब पता लगेगा संशय ना करें। हम भी सत्य हैं असत्य नहीं । कल्कि 🕉🪔🕉🌏🌞🌝📿🔔🐳🐗🐯🐮🦣🦌🔱🏹🦅🦉🐓🦜🦢🦚💐🌸💮🏵🌹🥀🌺🌻🌼🌷⚘🌱🪴🌲🌳🌴🌵🌾🌿☘🍀🍁🍂🍃🦋🐵👣🧘🏾🙏🦄🖋🖊🎨🌈🕉 अन्नपुरणेश्वरीय नम: 🕉 अमृतकलशहस्ताय नमः 🕉 अन्नपुरणेश्वराय नमः।। 🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔🪔

  14. God is dead. Say hello to religion 2.0. Our new mission, our new belief system and the new meaning of life. The arrogance and stupidity of the human race is staggering and we do not like anything we cannot understand or control. Reading the climate reports from 30 years ago and up to now (yes, I've read them all which many of you believers most certainly have not), it's clear as day that the scientists have no idea what's going on. The predictions in these reports has been so off and wrong, and yet we believe that somehow, magically, the scientists will get it right this time.

    Mass psychosis is real and based on fear, and I wonder what the new thing will be in 20-30 years time when the climate campaign has wore off and the big money has positioned itself elsewhere. My guess is the fear of AI taking over the world.

  15. Neo-malthusian eco-fascist and eugenesist Attenborough assaulting humanity's destiny. As usual…
    Just when will some decent man push that tattered hater of mankind down the staircase in righteous indignation and end his ability to lie and dehumanize mankind with his willful misrepresentation of nature?

  16. Question: "What percentage of the atmosphere is made up of carbon dioxide?"

    Answer: "0.4% of the atmosphere is carbon dioxide & humans cause 3% of that 0.4%."

    Conclusion: "Humans have no discernible impact on the atmosphere."

  17. ❤💙💜💖 my wish for Scarborough we both prayed over 🙏 I hope it comes true for us all to unite no matter what God one prays to he is the creator of what we destroyed as a collective for profits greed and sins against humanity and our fellowship of all races we are humanity and human perhaps putting the human back into it woukd provide the healing of everyone.
    Grace is amazing when applied and practiced which is on every document that is given practice it is as I was told is on a doctor's building cornerstone. The cornerstones of buildings and Marques is the foundations set into stone.the pyramids stood the test of time why cannot that occur now in our infrastructure for the betterment of humanity…
    God bless those at the summit it is the mountain top for us as a collective we are one or we are divided and no one wins this time…7<>11.

  18. Like the Nobel Prize, every year there should be an "Attenborough Award" given to the people behind ideas/projects/solutions that have the best potential for battling climate change and/or shifting something into being environmentally friendly.

  19. I have something for you to think of. Exactly what I'm going to tell you here. about volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and severe storms and extreme weather conditions What is the origin of this? But I can't speak English. So you have to translate my language yourself. I'm sorry I don't know any other language in the world. Click into the comments of this comment.

  20. The whole thing reminds me more of a struggle not against climate change, but against human stupidity. However, it is worth noting that money is the equivalent of having the ability to change our reality. If the rich do not feel responsible and the whole country is not obliged to make a common effort, the chances are small.

    Of course, the rich will be less affected than ordinary people so they can afford to be ignorant and to organize conferences just to pretend that they are doing something. I don't know if humanity can convince them to take solid action. By procrastinating, you can also gain better conditions for economic development. Delay also makes it possible to blackmail the rest to get unfair financial support.

    Individual people just don't want to lose and are constantly trying to gain so it will be hard to convince everyone to make the effort to change the climate because no one wants to pay the cost. And such rather should be equitably shared relative to possibilities which is extremely difficult to provide.

    Please understand me correctly. It is good that a conference is being organized and I found Sir David Attenborough's presentation very accurate. However, I have the impression that in general this conference is just an empty act and without any real desire to change anything because most people do not understand the problem or do not believe in it, and perform only for applause or pretend that they will do something.

    I must admit, however, that I haven't watched many of the speeches, but there are similar politicians everywhere, I guess.

  21. "If working apart we are a force powerful enough to destabilise our planet, surely working together we are powerful enough to save it." a 90+ year old reminding us that our actions and "our motivation should not be fear but hope" !

  22. By using that poppy you loose all the credibility!!
    It celebrates all the MURDERS and GENOCIDES commited by your IMPERIALIST COUNTRY and shows how the ENGLISH were the first and main country to exploite and promote the misery & destruction of this planet!!! 🤬🤬🤬

  23. I'm trying to eat meat,dairy foods less . Because these meat industries and dairy industries are also a part of the cerbon emission. I'm also wasting less water and foods . Because wasting is never good for the world.

  24. By using that poppy you loose all the credibility!!
    It celebrates all the MURDERS and GENOCIDES commited by your IMPERIALIST COUNTRY and shows how the ENGLISH were the first and main country to exploite and promote the misery & destruction of this planet!!! 🤬🤬🤬

  25. A nie wystarczyłoby nakazanie producentom dawania minimum 7 letniej gwarancji na produkty AGD i RTV, a na samochody 10-letniej? I wprowadzenie ustawy, która nakazywałaby producentom zawieranie opłat za śmieci w samych produktach? Wtedy producenci walczyliby o to, żeby ich opakowania były jak najtańsze, czyli generowały jak najmniejsze koszty utylizacji.

  26. Along with the young protestors and activists, he is the only one who is knows what the reality is. The politicians are clueless or don't care, or both. There are 503 fossil fuel lobbyists allowed into COP26. WTH????

  27. Why only 31,000 views? – Why not 31,000,000 – Could we as a network of 31,000 people reach 31,000,000? The answer is yes but only with effort, was that the same feeling they also had?

    I hope yes.

  28. Sir David Attenborough,
    You have just delivered one of the best and most important speeches ever. It couldn’t have been delivered at a better time and to people who need to hear and understand now more then ever.

  29. We are like rats, ever quick to spot an opportunity to our own advantage. Time to appreciate that Greed is Not Good. Greedy people and nations ought to be social outcasts. Trouble is, the free market economy has been saying that Greed is Good when it is always anything but.

  30. Amazing speech by Sir David Attenborough, this speech will wake up some people if not all, and I mean literally at the conference.
    And also viewers around the world how climate change will affect the world in 10-20 years time.

  31. This video presents a graph showing the correlation between CO2 concentration and temperature over the past 250,000 years. However, there is no scale on the temperature display which would have revealed that the rise and fall in temperature during this period was about 10 deg C (from Antarctic ice core data). During the same period, CO2 concentration varied between about 180 and 270 ppm, i.e. a change of 50%. The latest IPCC AR6 estimate of equilibrium climate sensitivity is 3 deg C per doubling of CO2, so an increase from 180 ppm to 270 ppm would only increase the mean global temperature by 1.5 deg C, not 10 deg C. Also, the results of the Antarctic survey show that CO2 lags temperature change by many hundreds of years, which is not visible on the graph because of the 250,000-year timespan. The implication is that CO2 has driven temperature in the past, and so must be the main driver now. It ignores natural forcings and variability, such as changes in solar radiance, all of which contribute to climate change.

  32. Attenborough has been outed as a liar many times….hmmmm….should I believe a BBC presenter …or the ex president of Greenpeace who has a phd in this field?

  33. A particularly powerful speech. A stirring 7min address by a 95-year-old man to world leaders at COP26. One of the things that impress me is the point that it's easy to forget that ultimately the emergency climate comes down to a single number – the concentration of carbon in our atmosphere, and all of our climate actions are to decrease this number. The other is impressed by his passionate state of mind. What would I have been at that age? How can I get to that state?

  34. Endless talking and blaming does not solve this hard pressing anticipated global crises ahead of us. All energy and resources must focus on saving the planet. Deferring action target to next year is one year lost and placing the earth to irreversible vulnerability. Hence, reckon UN should consider a Global Treaty that all countries cease military productions and channel these funding, energies and resources in developing and implementing  green initiatives till the target is reach. Without a bold extraordinary Global actions, it will be disaster for all mankind.

  35. It wasn't perfect, but the world finally stood together as one for a single, global cause – to fix our planet.

    Thank you sir David. Your speech here may have driven the world to finally fix this mess we have made.

  36. Same story again and again more than 30 years! How about overpopulation? You have tools but not will to handle overpopulation. What if all european countries population has spread and expand 5 times current population within a few decades? Africa and Asia has done that. Look what UN population divisions tell to us. And those statistic is still too positive after the biggest statistic dis-maker has gone to forever rest.

  37. You show the sweet pictures, but you don't give any meaningful proposition in return. Instead, you make people live in mud huts and eat worms. If you want to change something, start with yourself. Everyone has the right to live in the way that is best for him. Thank you for yours, but not for me.

  38. Journalism and media freedom are being abused by jordanian authoreties to please assad! The cepatgon regime,that is a huge backward leep ,Syrians everywhere are using rightful power of self defens, and through factual media civil society,yet security blind strategy conducted by jordanian security power devowring rights everywhere and deeping a no back solution,assad is contegeous with his filthy policies..
    This need extreme revision,adding to this the conflict of intrests betwen fateh and others ansld Syrian people intrests ..to be pin pointed..that is floding everywhere, Syrian activists and media reporters should be under Protection everywhere.. Not dilevered to filthy assad,moreover,
    Ceasar act an expansion all over the world and stop deligalise assad from using Interpole codes and clearly not retuning forcibly to syria or any pro assasd authoreties..
    In toilete day..flush assad and lavrov..pls.

  39. Top tip to all eco-warriors, don't upgrade your mobile phone when the contract expires. Keep the phone until it's on the verge of failing. A true eco-warrior will have a mobile phone older than 5 years👍

  40. I'd like to see, or read, what David Attenborough thinks after being in the COP26, witnessing the result of the negotiations, and talking in the corridors with the global leaders that achieved another COP that will be famous for keeping within the standard of inaction.

  41. Wise words from a true legend, but as long we continue to divide ourselves further through religion, race, wealth and other differences ,then we will never find the ideal way to preserve life on our planet long enough to be able to make the most of it…

  42. A national treasure ( but also with one of the worst Carbon Footprints in the world )
    He has probably done more good than harm to the world , but can other Frequent Flyers that are there say the same !

  43. “If working apart; we are a force powerful enough to destabilize the planet, surely working together we are powerful enough to save it”!

    What more does one need from a rallying speech! Truth, logic an conviction!

  44. Amazing. I thought everyone already knew that the climate changes not because of CO2, but because of the cyclic nature of cosmic processes. Every 12,000 years the Earth's climate changes beyond recognition. And while we are here talking about CO2, our planet can perish completely. There will be no one left!!! Please see the conference "Global Crisis. Time for Truth." And let's really start saving civilization

  45. Watching some of them sit there with their arms folded, in a classic defensive body language, before he'd even started his speech was infuriating but not surprising. Neither was the outcome, as leader after leader watered down their commitments like spoilt children saying 'no I don't want to do that' because they don't want to lose out on the money their coal etc brings in.

  46. ❤and down with all thouse dictator regime wich dont understand what respect means❗because of maniac wishing power and money , therritories all we paying for theirs weaponizing insteed having beautifull gardens everythere 📕✒

  47. I'm a conservative but the global situation David spoke to is true and requires immediate action for the next generation. But it's the leaders we select job to carry this out and that is where the our greatest challenge lies….compromise

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