Glyn Davies, Conservative MP for Montgomeryshire, has come out in support of naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough’s comments that climate change is humanity’s greatest threat.

Speaking this week at the United Nation’s Conference of the Parties (COP24) on climate change, Sir David states that it could lead to the collapse of civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world.

Sir David, who gave a speech as part of taking up the ‘People’s Seat’ at COP24, said: “Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years. Climate change.

“If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinctions of much of the natural world is on the horizon. The world’s people have spoken. Their message is clear. Time is running out. They want you, the decision-makers, to act now.”

Glyn Davies, who last week co-signed a letter from over 200 MPs calling on the Prime Minister to back a UK net zero emissions target before 2050, has spoken of his support for Sir David’s comments.

Glyn Davies MP said: “Protecting our environment is the biggest responsibility that rests with decision takers across the world. From my ‘Conservative’ perspective, doing what we can to avoid increases in temperature arising from carbon emissions is a ‘no brainer’. It’s great that Sir David Attenborough, so admired and respected, is championing the idea of zero emissions in the long term.

“The biggest challenge facing Government to delivering on our carbon reduction objectives is bringing the wider population with us. It’s not one iota of use making grand speeches advocating policies and objectives that the people do not sign up to. This is why having someone as respected as Sir David Attenborough as a leading ‘voice’ in the debate is so important.

“Let us stop burning coal as soon as possible, turning to gas as a transition energy source until battery technology development makes renewables a full replacement. We should turn down our heating systems, and use less water. In particular, we should ensure protecting our climate and environment features in all of our thinking. Of course, the UK is one of best examples of an ‘aware country’ in the world, and our emissions are only a tiny proportion of the world’s emissions, but through example and advocacy we have a responsibility to future generations to do our best”