“I am greatly honoured to be given the role,” says Sir David Attenborough as he is unveiled as the snappily titled ‘People’s Advocate for COP26 in Glasgow.
“There could not be a more important moment that we should have international agreement,” he adds, “The epidemic has shown us how crucial it is to find agreement among nations if we are to solve such worldwide problems.
“But the problems that await us within the next five to ten years are even greater. It is crucial that these meetings in Glasgow, COP26, have success, and that at last the nations will come together to solve the crippling problems that the world now faces.”
His involvement, of course, is a real coup for the organisers bringing a credibility and gravitas to proceedings. He too is wily enough walk the line between speaking his opinion and being a welcome guest.
Yet it opens up the prospect that this COP might generate some of the tough talking that has been so sadly lacking on previous occasions. That as others still deal with the global pandemic, minds will be focused on how to work together to prevent even greater disasters.
COP26 President-Designate, Alok Sharma, said: “Climate change is the greatest threat facing humanity and the stakes could not be higher for our planet.
“The next decade will be make, or break, for cutting global emissions sufficiently to avoid the worst effects of climate change. That is why I am delighted to be working with Sir David, a hero for our country and our planet, to inspire action ahead of COP26.”
The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on. 1 – 12 November 2021.