The world’s leading naturalist Sir David Attenborough has given his backing to a global scheme to boost renewable energy.
The Global Apollo Programme was launched in London yesterday. The scheme is a worldwide initiative to try and make renewable energy forms cheaper than fossil fuels and to encourage their uptake.
Speaking exclusively to ELN at the meeting, the famous TV broadcaster said it was a potential game changing policy.
He said: “This is a marvellous change in what has been proposed to deal with the environment. In the past all the warnings about the disasters facing us we said we must stop doing this, stop doing that, stop burning coal, stop fracking and stop digging for oil.
“This at last is saying what we can do positively to help the human race.”
The Global Apollo programme was launched yesterday by a group of scientists and experts from the energy sector. It aims to tackle climate change by asking countries to contribute a fixed portion of their GDP (0.02%) to invest in renewable energy. If it succeeds the report claims renewable power could be cheaper than coal within a decade.
Sir David said the plan was something every nation could sign up to: “It’s something that’s well within the grasp of any government to be signed up to this and if we do, it explains how in 10 years we can solve a great proportion of our major problems about energy.”