Viewers of Sir David Attenborough’s new BBC documentary were left heartbroken after they watched footage of an orangutan trying to stop a bulldozer.
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In the documentary, called Climate Change: The Facts, an orangutan was seen trying to stop a bulldozer that was clearing its habitat because of consumer demand for palm oil.
People took to Twitter and said that the footage was ‘heartbreaking’ and ‘disgusting’.
One wrote: ‘It’s absolutely heartbreaking’ while another said: ‘My heart is broken’.
The demand for Palm oil, which is extracted from the fruit and seeds of the oil palm, causes large scale destruction of forests.
The iconic broadcaster said that climate change is the greatest threat to the planet in thousands of years.
He said: ‘Right now we are facing our greatest threat in thousands of years. Climate change. At the current rate of warming, we risk a devastating future.’
‘The science is now clear that urgent action is needed. What happens now and in these next few years will profoundly affect the next few thousand years.’
‘We are facing a man-made disaster on a global scale. It may sound frightening but the scientific evidence is that if we have not taken dramatic action within the next decade we could face irreversible damage of the natural world and the collapse of our societies.’
‘We are running out of time but there is still hope. I believe that if we better understand the threat we face, the more likely it is that we can avoid such a catastrophic future.’
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