David Attenborough warns of ‘crippling problems’ caused by climate change ahead of Cop26

David Attenborough warns of ‘crippling problems’ caused by climate change in his role at this year’s Cop26 summit

  • Sir David Attenborough, 95, has been named the People’s Advocate of this year’s Cop26 summit
  • In a video message, Attenborough said the coronavirus pandemic had shown how important collaboration between nations was to solving global problems
  • The UN’s Cop26 climate change conference will take place in Glasgow in November  

Sir David Attenborough has warned the world faces ‘crippling problems’ because of climate change after being given a role at this year’s Cop26 summit.

The broadcaster, 95, said it was ‘crucial’ that global leaders find a solution to worsening environmental problems. 

The UN’s Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow in November will bring together world leaders to try to agree a plan to tackle climate change.

Sir David has been named the summit’s People’s Advocate and will address political leaders at the event. 

In a video message, Sir David said: ‘The epidemic has shown us how crucial it is to find agreement among nations if we are to solve such worldwide problems. But the problems that await us within the next five, ten years are even greater.

Sir David Attenborough has warned the world faces ‘crippling problems’ because of climate change after being given a role at this year’s Cop26 summit

‘It is crucial that these meetings in Glasgow, Cop26, have success, and that at last the nations will come together to solve the crippling problems that the world faces.’

He will also speak at next month’s G7 leaders’ summit in Cornwall. 

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.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (pictured left with Attenborough in February 2020) said there was 'no better person to build momentum for further change' than Attenborough [File photo]

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (pictured left with Attenborough in February 2020) said there was ‘no better person to build momentum for further change’ than Attenborough [File photo]

‘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.’

Cop26 president-designate Alok Sharma, the former business secretary, said: ‘Climate change is the greatest threat facing humanity and the stakes could not be higher for our planet.

‘The next decade will be make, or break, for cutting global emissions sufficiently to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

‘That is why I am delighted to be working with Sir David, a hero for our country and our planet, to inspire action ahead of Cop26.’

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Inside Frew Manor in Fullarton, one of Adelaide’s oldest cottages

The unassuming redbrick front of one of Adelaide’s oldest cottages hides a spectacular modern home.

Built in the late 1840s, ‘Frew Manor’ in Fullarton, just 10 minutes’ drive from the heart of Adelaide, SA, was transformed beyond recognition in a six-month renovation completed by local architecture firm, Glasgow Hart, in 2021.

The four-bedroom home, which was was built for businessman James Frew and his wife, Jane Fullarton, is described as a ‘remarkable triumph of design’ that is ‘truly out of this world’.

Multiple sunlit living spaces are illuminated by clerestory windows, an architectural technique dating back to the temples of ancient Egypt that positions rows of windows above eye level to flood the interior with light, making the space feel bright, airy and considerably larger than its actual floor size. 

The unassuming redbrick front of one of Adelaide’s oldest cottages (pictured) hides a spectacular modern home

Built in the late 1840s, 'Frew Manor' in Fullarton was transformed beyond recognition in a six-month renovation completed by Adelaide architecture firm, Glasgow Hart, in 2021

Built in the late 1840s, ‘Frew Manor’ in Fullarton was transformed beyond recognition in a six-month renovation completed by Adelaide architecture firm, Glasgow Hart, in 2021

The four-bedroom house is described as a 'remarkable triumph of design' that is 'truly out of this world'

The four-bedroom house is described as a ‘remarkable triumph of design’ that is ‘truly out of this world’

All four bedrooms are king-sized, with the downstairs master boasting a hotel-inspired ensuite, a dressing room and the original timber herringbone ceiling which was painstakingly preserved in the building works.

The renovation has brilliantly blended historic character and contemporary charm, with state-of-the-art installations built into the heritage-listed features of the house.

The kitchen is kitted out with a walk-in pantry as well as the custom wine cellar that’s sure to impress guests. 

All four bedrooms are king-sized, with the downstairs master boasting a hotel-inspired ensuite and the original timber herringbone ceiling (pictured) which was painstakingly preserved in the building works

All four bedrooms are king-sized, with the downstairs master boasting a hotel-inspired ensuite and the original timber herringbone ceiling (pictured) which was painstakingly preserved in the building works

The kitchen is kitted out with a walk-in pantry and a range of premium European appliances, as well as the custom wine cellar (picturedd) that's sure to impress guests

The kitchen is kitted out with a walk-in pantry and a range of premium European appliances, as well as the custom wine cellar (picturedd) that’s sure to impress guests

Each of the three bathrooms boasts a freestanding tub (pictured)

Each of the three bathrooms boasts a freestanding tub (pictured)

Sprawled across 416 square metres, Frew Manor is more than twice the size of the average house in South Australia

Sprawled across 416 square metres, Frew Manor is more than twice the size of the average house in South Australia

The heated swimming pool is the centrepiece of the trophy home

The heated swimming pool is the centrepiece of the trophy home

Each of the three bathrooms boasts a freestanding tub and statement sinks that look more like something you’d find in a luxury hotel than a private family home.

Outside, a pavilion complete with a second kitchen, heated overheads and a surround sound system overlooks the landscaped garden and swimming pool. 

Sprawled across 416 square metres, Frew Manor is more than twice the size of the average house in South Australia, which was 197sqm in 2018, according to figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The house, which sits on 1,131 square metres of land, was one of the first buildings to be constructed in what was later to become the Unley Council area.

The house, which sits on 1,131 square metres of land, was one of the first buildings to be constructed in what was later to become the Unley Council area

Its elevated position set back from the street offers privacy and silence from cars and passersby

The house, which sits on 1,131 square metres of land, was one of the first buildings to be constructed in what was later to become the Unley Council area

The house has multiple sunlit living spaces, illuminated by clerestory windows (pictured) - an architectural technique dating back to the temples of ancient Egypt that positions rows of windows above eye level to flood the interior with light

The house has multiple sunlit living spaces, illuminated by clerestory windows (pictured) – an architectural technique dating back to the temples of ancient Egypt that positions rows of windows above eye level to flood the interior with light

Outside, a pavilion complete with a second kitchen, heated overheads and a surround sound system overlooks the landscaped garden

Outside, a pavilion complete with a second kitchen, heated overheads and a surround sound system overlooks the landscaped garden

An asking price has not been disclosed but Ms Williams will be accepting expressions of interest for Frew Manor until 2pm on Wednesday, May 12

An asking price has not been disclosed but Ms Williams will be accepting expressions of interest for Frew Manor until 2pm on Wednesday, May 12

Its elevated position set back from the street offers privacy and silence from cars and passersby. 

Listing agent Stephanie Williams, who is overseeing the sale of the property for luxury realtor Williams Real Estate, said ‘from the front door you will instantly feel like you’ve stepped into a Vogue magazine shoot’.

An asking price has not been disclosed but Ms Williams will be accepting expressions of interest for Frew Manor until 2pm on Wednesday, May 12.