Prince Charles calls for action, not “just talk” at the COP26 UN Climate Summit


Prince Charles urges action at UN climate summit, not just talk

Prince Charles did not comment on whether the UK government was acting adequately on climate change. (File)


Prince Charles, a lifelong environmental activist, has spearheaded organic horticulture and driven one of his cars on white wine and cheese, urging world leaders to turn to speech at the upcoming UN Climate Summit.

The eldest son and heir of Queen Elizabeth II, 72, is scheduled to attend events at the two-week COP26 Summit in Glasgow starting October 31, along with her 95-year-old mother.

But in an interview with the BBC on Monday, he said he was concerned that world leaders would “just talk” and “take action on the ground”.

UN The summit will seek to further persuade large emerging economies to reduce their carbon emissions and make poor countries cough up tens of thousands of dollars in response to climate change.

When asked if Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s UK government was acting adequately against climate change, Charles replied: “I can not comment.”

The Prince of Wales has expressed sympathy for climate protesters who have been blocking roads in Britain for weeks as part of a campaign to make homes more environmentally friendly.

“I fully understand the frustration,” he said, adding that the government was trying to crack down on protesters, who blocked emergency traffic by sitting down and sticking themselves in the tarmac.

“These young people feel that nothing has happened at all, so they are going to get frustrated,” he added: “But it doesn’t make sense to do it in a way that makes people indifferent, I don’t think.

“So I fully understand the frustration. The difficulty is how you lead that frustration in a more creative way than destruction.”

Charles, who owns the High Grove Estate in the West of England, owns a completely organic garden and farm, and outlined some of his actions to reduce his carbon footprint, including cutting meat and fish.

In 2008, his office revealed that he had driven his Aston Martin car on biofuels made from surplus English white wine and whey whey.

Other cars in his fleet were powered by biodiesel made from used cooking oil, as a way to reduce his carbon footprint.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and published by Syndicate Feed.)

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