Attenborough urges Davos leaders to act on climate change

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Sir David Attenborough warned of the "echoes and implications" in the natural world of everything humans do in the urban world as he took questions from old friend Prince William.

Sir David, who was given a Crystal Award for his leadership in environmental stewardship, outlined how United Nations decisions on climate change, sustainable development and a new deal for nature would shape the future.

In an interview with Prince William at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Mr Attenborough said that it was "difficult to overstate" the extent of the climate change problem. We can wreck it without even knowing we are doing it.

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"We are now so numerous, so powerful, so all-pervasive". Despite a lifelong career at the BBC, he said he had been impressed with the streaming service's worldwide reach, adding: "This picture of the world will be coming worldwide simultaneously on one particular date and remain there".

The former air ambulance pilot met Attenborough's praise of a helicopter pilot who helped achieve a camera shot for his new Netflix documentary series "Our Planet", by remarking "all helicopter pilots are very skillful, David".

His advice for the leaders gathered at Davos this week was to care for the natural world and not to waste its resources, from energy to food.

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"We have now to be really careful what we do".

"It's a personal treat for me to be sitting asking you the questions", William said.

Sir David, who was given a standing ovation by delegates at the end of the interview, responded: "There has never been a time when more people have been out of touch with the natural world, than there is now".

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Sir David was awarded the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum for his leadership on environmental campaigning and used his acceptance speech to call for a global plan to tackle the issues.

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