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EDITOR’S COMMENT: COVID-19 has brought the economy to a standstill and cancelled many events, including several international climate conferences, such as COP26. But let’s be honest: these events don’t change anything, they are just an opportunity for virtue-signalling, woke warriors to grandstand and tell the rest of us how we should be living our lives. The most important priority for any government is to provide people with help and support to keep their jobs and livelihoods.

Sir David Attenborough has warned the global Covid-19 pandemic is a threat to the environment as politicians instead deal with the health and economic crisis ahead of climate change. The veteran naturalist and broadcaster also heaped praise on teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg, saying she had given the world “hope” by energising young people to fight for the environment.

The 94-year-old, who has recently launched his new film A Life On Our Planet, said several international climate conferences, such as COP26, had been “put off” because of Covid-19 and he feared people would have other priorities. “I am worried that people will take their eyes off the environmental issue because of the immediate problems they have on Covid-19,” he said.

“It’s put off a series of conferences in which all the nations get together and talk.”Sir David appeared with 17-year-old Swede Thunberg at Wildscreen, a virtual wildlife film festival being held in Bristol. Speaking from his home in London, he heaped praise on the teenager and said her campaigning had made other young people demand action to stop climate change.

“If there is any sign of hope, and there is to be truthful compared to what there was 25 years ago, it’s because of what you’ve done and what you’ve done for young people,” he said. “Young people around the world are really, really going for it now because of you. “The world owes you a lot and I hope you are not paying too high a price for it, and it looks from what you are saying that you are managing to survive alright.”

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