‘Boris Johnson is being joined by “national treasure” Sir David Attenborough as he attempts to boost his green credentials by speeding up a ban on petrol and diesel cars.
Launching a United Nations climate change summit to be held in Glasgow in November, the PM is confirming plans to bring forward a ban on fossil fuel cars by five years to 2035.
It will mean that in 15 years’ time the only new option for UK motorists will be electric cars, although Denmark, Ireland, Holland and Sweden are banning petrol and diesel cars in 2030.
The backing of Sir David, the veteran naturalist and TV documentary maker who has become a leading campaigner for tackling climate change, is a major boost for the government.
Last year, appearing before the energy select committee of MPs in the Commons, Sir David said the world “cannot be too radical” in tackling climate change, and launched a veiled attack on Donald Trump.
And in an interview last month Sir David, 93, spoke passionately about a “moment of crisis” on climate change and made an urgent appeal for action after claiming human beings have “overrun the planet”.’