Veteran English broadcaster and natural historian, David Attenborough has been named as People’s Advocate for the forthcoming 26th United Nations’ Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland.
Delegates including heads of state, climate experts, and negotiators will come together at the 26th annual session to agree on coordinated action to tackle climate change.
The 95-year-old world’s most influential wildlife broadcaster will put forward a “compelling case” to global leaders, key decision-makers, and the public on why climate action matters, to evidence the progress underway, and to highlight the actions they will need to take ahead of and at COP26.
Attenborough is billed to address world leaders at major international events over the next six months, including the G-7 Summit in Cornwall, Southwest England in June, to firmly put climate and the protection of nature at the top of their agenda.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Sir David Attenborough has already inspired millions of people in the UK and around the world with his passion and knowledge to act on climate change and protect the planet for future generations.
“There is no better person to build momentum for further change as we approach the COP26 climate summit in November. I am hugely grateful to Sir David for agreeing to be our People’s Advocate.”
On his part, Attenborough said: “There could not be a more important moment that we should have an international agreement. The epidemic has shown us how crucial it is to find agreement among nations if we are to solve such worldwide problems.”