David Attenborough tells WEF we are "out of touch" with nature

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The Blue Planet and Dynasties narrator said: "We can create a world with clean air and water, unlimited energy and fish stocks that will sustain us well into the future".

Asked by Al Gore, who was moderating the event, how serious climate change was and why people had failed to act, Attenborough answered: "I can't imagine anything more serious".

"We can wreck it easily", he said of the natural world.

The broadcaster added that it was "difficult to overstate" the urgency of the environmental crisis.

"We are now so numerous, so powerful, so all-pervasive. that we can actually exterminate whole ecosystems without even noticing it", Mr Attenborough said.

Asked by William about the conflict between environmentalism, capitalism and economic success, Sir David said: "Still it is seen by some people that in fact humanity and industrialised humanity in particular is in opposition to the natural world".

Describing the modern technology used in his documentary making, he said: "The facilities we now have are unbelievable".

Sir David, 92, responded: "There has never been a time when more people have been out of touch with the natural world, than there is now".

Prince William played journalist for a chat with Sir David Attenborough.

Prince William has previously spoken of his admiration for Sir David saying, the veteran broadcaster has had "the single most important impact in my conservation thinking".

'In the Arctic temperatures are rising very, very fast, ' Sir David explained during the conference.

WORLD leaders and top CEOs are meeting in Davos in Switzerland from January 22 to 25 to discuss how to steer policy amid worries of slowing economic growth, damaging trade wars and Brexit.

Earlier, during the forum's Crystal Awards ceremony where he was honoured for his environmental stewardship, Mr Attenborough warned that Earth's "Garden of Eden is no more".

The 36-year-old royal attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday, where he got to interview Sir David Attenborough about his work in environmentalism and the urgent challenges facing the next generation of environmental leaders. "The work to save the planet is largely going to happen on our watch".

"It's not just a question of beauty or interest or wonder, it's the essential ingredient, essential part of human life is a healthy palate", he warned. The world has changed since he first began his television career six decades ago, the legendary broadcaster and naturalist said.

Sir David also alluded to the growing tide of plastic waste filling our oceans. "There have been people who have withdrawn from that", he said.

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