David Attenborough, the famous British naturalist and filmmaker, is worried about what it will take for us to collectively wake up about the threat of climate change: “Disaster.”
“It’s a terrible thing to say, isn’t it? Even disaster doesn’t do it. There have been disasters in North America, with hurricanes and floods, yet still people deny and say ‘oh, it has nothing to do with climate change.’ It visibly has got [something] to do with climate change.”
Speaking to the Guardian about the need to address climate change, Attenborough expressed his worries about the lack of urgency in the United States.
“[It] does worry me that most powerful nation in the world, North America, denies what the rest of us can see very clearly [on climate change]. I don’t know what you do about that. It’s easier to deny….The situation is worse than we thought [in the Arctic]. The processes of melting are more volatile than we thought. More complicated. The ice cap is really melting faster than we thought.”
Watch the interview below. You can read more from the full interview at the Guardian.