Climate change and habitat loss
Sir David Attenborough explains how we can all help tackle the dangerous effects of climate change by supporting World Land Trust (WLT) and our Carbon Balanced programme
"Sometimes I am asked ‘What is the point of saving habitats and the world’s threatened wildlife if the world’s climate is going to dictate lost habitats in the future’. And, quite honestly, I’m not sure of the answer.
"When making Planet Earth cameramen became very emotional as they saw polar bears slipping and sliding on melting ice, and the harsh reality is there to be seen. But I believe none of us would continue with life if we didn’t have an optimism for the future.
"As Patron of the World Land Trust of course I support the notion that tropical forests and other critically threatened habitats and their wildlife must be saved at all cost. During 2006, WLT was able to raise record funding to support direct conservation in many different countries and it is hugely encouraging to hear, as I do at regular intervals from John Burton (WLT's CEO), about new land that has been saved.
"While, on one hand we need to take responsibility for our daily life: or to use the catch phrase of 2006, our Carbon Footprint, we also have the ability to save wildlife. Let us all rise to the challenge in 2007: reduce our impact on the environment and vest any extra cash we have in saving what is left of the world’s wild spaces. World Land Trust is doing an excellent job and I thoroughly recommend their work."
(Extract from Patron’s message, Annual Review and Accounts 2006, available from the WLT online or in hard copy.)
Sir David Attenborough, CH FRS
More Attenborough quotes
- Why I support World Land Trust
- The Cost of Life on Earth
- Rainforest at Chelsea Flower Show
- Four reasons to support World Land Trust
- Conservation network breeds success
- Wildlife webcams: rainforest life online
- Discovering species new to science
- Extinction rates and halting destruction
- Carbon Balanced: offset your emissions
- Attenborough’s history with WLT