Naturalist Sir David Attenborough tells UN climate summit: "Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years: Climate change."
"If we don't take action, the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon," Attenborough claimed. "The world's people have spoken. Their message is clear. Time is running out. They want you, the decision-makers, to act now."
UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa: 'This reality is telling us that we need to do much more...The impacts of climate change are increasingly hard to ignore." She was joined by former UN climate summit presidents: 'We require deep transformations of our economies and societies.'
'Failure to act will be catastrophic' - "A failure to act now risks pushing us beyond a point of no return with catastrophic consequences for life as we know it," said Amjad Abdulla, chief negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States, of the UN talks.
A Clexit (climate exit from UN) building thanks to President Trump!? "[UN climate summit in] Katowice may show us if there will be any domino effect" following the US withdrawal, said Laurence Tubiana, CEO of the European Climate Foundation and a main architect of the Paris deal. Brazil's strongman president-elect Jair Bolsonaro, for one, has promised to follow the American lead during his campaign.