Sir David Attenborough, king of beautifully-narrated nature documentaries – and the man with the voice all of your mates incorrectly believe they can mimic – has struck out at “powerful” figures in Australia who do not believe in climate change.

Speaking in front of the UK Parliament’s British, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee on Tuesday, Attenborough said the country’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the most striking examples of climate change that he could think of.

“I will never forget diving on the reef about 10 years ago and suddenly seeing that instead of this multitude of wonderful forms and life, that it was stark white,” he said. “It had bleached white because of the rising temperatures and the increasing acidity of the sea.”

“Australia is already facing having to deal with some of the most extreme manifestations of climate change.”

“Nobody thought that human beings could change the climate and we are… and what is worse is that we are changing the climate in a way that is irreversible.”

There are, of course, many public figures who question climate change in Australia fairly regularly. One of those is your racist uncle’s favourite radio announcer Alan Jones, and then let’s not forget newly returned desiccated scrotum Malcolm Roberts.

Earlier this year, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ alumni (and elected senator) Pauline Hanson claimed that the extinction of the dinosaurs could prove that climate change is fake.

Of course climate change is very real, and it should come as no huge shock that the majority of people denying its impact are the same ones who probably won’t be alive to deal with the ramifications of not bloody doing something about it. But oh well. We all die eventually, don’t we? Some of us just in far more hideous and horrific circumstances.

Attenborough’s address to British MPs included a silver lining of hope that the young people of today are trying their best to tackle the environmental crisis, however the naturalist also believes polluting could soon be looked back on with the same disgust as slavery.

“People are understanding that to chuck plastic into the ocean is an insult,” he said.

“To have the nerve to say: ‘This is our rubbish. We’ll give you money and you can spread it on your land instead of ours, in the far east,’ is intolerable. And for some reason or other young people understand that. And that’s a source of great hope to me.”

“The only way you can get up in the morning is to believe that actually we can do something.”