David Attenborough is set to address G7 leaders in Cornwall this morning

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David Attenborough will today warn G7 leaders that climate change and unequal societies risk “destabilising the entire planet”.

The broadcaster and environmentalist, 95, will address the world's most powerful figures who are meeting in Cornwall.

Sir David, who is the “People’s Champion” for the COP26 climate change summit which takes place in Glasgow in November, said last night: “The natural world today is greatly diminished; that is undeniable.

“Our climate is warming fast; that is beyond doubt.

“Our societies and nations are unequal, and that is sadly plain to see.

The leaders of the seven powerful nations plus the EU pose for a family photo at the G7 in Cornwall
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“But the question science forces us to address specifically in 2021 is whether as a result of these intertwined facts we are on the verge of destabilising the entire planet?

“If that is so, then the decisions we make this decade – in particular, the decisions made by the most economically advanced nations – are the most important in human history.”

G7 leaders will today make a series of pledges on tackling climate change, cutting carbon emissions and funding green measures in the Third World.

The leaders met the Queen on Friday night – now they're set to encounter another national treasure
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The “Build Back Better for the World” plan will “bring together G7 countries under the UK’s presidency to develop an offer for high quality financing for vital infrastructure, from railways in Africa to wind farms in Asia”, said No10.

The move is seen as persuading poorer nations to strike deals with western democracies rather than arrange funds from China.

Boris Johnson said: “Protecting our planet is the most important thing we as leaders can do for our people.

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“There is a direct relationship between reducing emissions, restoring nature, creating jobs and ensuring long-term economic growth.

“As democratic nations we have a responsibility to help developing countries reap the benefits of clean growth through a fair and transparent system.

“The G7 has an unprecedented opportunity to drive a global Green Industrial Revolution, with the potential to transform the way we live.”

Joe Biden, Boris Johnson, the Queen and Emmanuel Macron at the Eden Project during the G7
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Downing Street claims this weekend's summit is “the first-ever net-zero G7”.

But the Prime Minister was heavily criticised on Wednesday for flying to Cornwall on a gas-guzzling plane rather than travelling by train.