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Boris Johnson under fire for putting Sir David Attenborough ‘at risk’ during COP26 summit

The pair joined world leaders at the climate change summit in Glasgow

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Boris Johnson has come under fire for putting Sir David Attenborough “at risk” during the COP26 summit.

The Prime Minister joined world leaders for the two-week event in Glasgow yesterday (November 1).

Sir David also attended the summit, where he gave an impassioned speech about the importance of tackling climate change.

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Boris Johnson has come under fire for a picture alongside Sir David Attenborough (Credit:

During his speech, the documentary maker urged world leaders to address the current environmental problems.

In his eight-minute speech, Sir David said: “If working apart we are a force powerful to destabilise our planet, surely working together we are powerful enough to save it.

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“In my lifetime I’ve witnessed a terrible decline. In yours, you could and should witness a wonderful recovery.”

However, it was a picture of Sir David and the Prime Minister that caught the attention of fans.

Following the event, a photo of Johnson sitting next to the 95-year-old emerged online.

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Sir David Attenborough made a speech at COP26 summit (Credit:

Boris Johnson and David Attenborough at COP26

It showed Sir David wearing a face covering, while Johnson sat maskless with his eyes closed.

The photo managed to cause a stir online.

Taking to Twitter, one said: “National disgrace @BorisJohnson indifferent to health of 95 yr old national treasure @AttenboroughSir. Wear a mask It’s NOT hard. Show some respect!”

National disgrace!

Another added: “When you’re sitting next to 95-year-old Sir David Attenborough and you *still* can’t be [bleeped] to wear a mask. Or even stay awake. #COP26.”

A third wrote: “The more I think about this, the more disgusted I am. He was in intensive care himself with Covid. And still – STILL – this degree of spectacular selfishness.”

A fourth commented: “How disappointing that when you look at #COP26 all you see is pictures of @BorisJohnson not wearing a mask and taking a nap(!) next to David Attenborough.”

A fifth tweeted: “How about you wear a mask when sleeping next to David Attenborough in future? The man is a national treasure. As opposed to you, a national disgrace.”

Another shared: “@BorisJohnson The sheer disrespect and disregard you show towards Sir David Attenborough is indicative of how you feel about the public and other vulnerable people. Shame on you #WearAMask.”

However, others appeared to defend the PM.

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They wrote: “Of course, we can all do better, we never get tired and we’re all perfect, aren’t we? Time we got our self-righteous backsides away from the school gate gossip.”

A second added: “Boris Johnson has had Covid, double vaccinated and probably booster vaccinated too. What threat does he pose? Honestly, I need one of you experts to tell me.”

In addition, the Prime Ministers spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister has abided by the COVID-19 guidance at COP26 throughout. Attendees and delegates are not required to wear a face mask when they are seated as per the COP26 guidance.”

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