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Difficult to overstate crisis - Attenborough

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    Kiloku Link
    Does anyone have a transcript or an article about the interview? I can't watch a video at the moment

    Does anyone have a transcript or an article about the interview? I can't watch a video at the moment

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    1. Bauke Link Parent
      Quickly typed over the subtitles. :p

      Quickly typed over the subtitles. :p

      Prince William: David, recently you were in Poland you spoke very powerfully at the UN climate change conference there. Tell everyone here, how urgent is that crisis now?

      David Attenborough: It's difficult to overstate it. We are now so numerous, so powerful, so all pervasive, the mechanisms that we have for destruction are so wholesale and so frightening that we can actually exterminate whole ecosystems without even noticing it. We have now to be really aware of the dangers of what we're doing. And we already know of course the plastic problem in the seas is wreaking appaling damage upon marine life. The extent of which we don't yet fully know.

      Prince William: Why do you think the world leaders and those in key positions of leadership, why do you think they've taken so long? And there have been quite a few faltering steps to act on environmental challenges?

      David Attenborough: Because the connection between the natural world and the urban world, the society of human society has always... since the Industrial Revolution has been remote and widening. And we didn't realise the effects of what we were doing 'out there'. But now we are seeing that almost everything we do has its echos and has its duplications and inter-implications across the natural world. So that we have now really to be careful what we do. Because we can exterminate things without even knowing.

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    2. nic Link Parent
      sorry, i do not

      sorry, i do not