Prince Charles: COP26 leaders will be 'disappointed' says pundit
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The future king, 72, told young climate activists that he understood their “frustration” surrounding inaction on global warming, and expressed his concern for the “future generations to come”. The UN climate change summit, which begins on Saturday, is being hosted by the UK in Glasgow.
Prince Charles is due to give an opening address to the nearly 200 heads of state who will be in attendance, following the news that the Queen will no longer be attending the summit after an overnight stay in hospital.
Other senior members of the Royal Family will also take part in events to support the summit throughout the week.
The Prince of Wales said: “By working together we can actually address our global issues and never more important than now, when it seems to me we need to bury our differences in order to rescue this planet and everything it means, this miraculous planet, for the future of generations to come.
“As I said recently, I totally understand the frustration and despair of so many young people that these issues are taking too long to be properly addressed so we hope at Cop26 there will be progress.
“As world leaders prepare to head to Glasgow next week, where we will be looking for them to take genuine steps to address climate change and biodiversity loss, it is particularly gratifying I think to see that the British Council is pursuing programmes like the climate connection which encourages innovative climate action.”
It comes as no surprise that Prince Charles is concerned for the future generations, given the heir apparent is grandfather to five grandchildren.
His son, the Duke of Cambridge, recently expressed a similar sentiment in an interview ahead of his Earthshot Prize Award Ceremony, suggesting it would be “an absolute disaster”, if George, eight, grows up to follow in his environmental campaigning footsteps.
Speaking to BBC Newscast, he said: “I want the things that I’ve enjoyed – the outdoor life, nature, the environment – I want that to be there for my children, and not just my children but everyone else’s children.
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“If we’re not careful we’re robbing from our children’s future through what we do now. And I think that’s not fair.
“And you know, for me, it would be an absolute disaster if George is sat here talking to you or your successor, Adam, you know in like 30 years’ time, whatever, still saying the same thing, because by then we will be too late.
“It shouldn’t be that there’s a third-generation now coming along having to ramp it up even more.”
Speaking about his father, Prince William said: “He’s had a really, really rough ride on that but he has been proven to be well ahead of the curve and well beyond his time in warning about some of these dangers.”
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When the Prince of Wales attended COP21 in Paris in 2015, he said there was “no greater threat to humanity” than climate change.
In a speech during the opening session of the conference, he said: “[Climate change] magnifies every hazard and tension of our existence.
“In damaging our climate we become the architects of our own destruction. While the planet can survive the scorching of the earth and the rising of the waters, the human race cannot.”
Ahead of COP26, Charles warned world leaders in a video message to the Saudi Green Initiative Forum in Riyadh that they have a “dangerously narrow window of opportunity” to avoid climate catastrophe and put the planet on a more sustainable path.
The Queen will give a video address to the delegates from Windsor Castle.
Speaking about her absence from the event, the palace said: “Following advice to rest, the Queen has been undertaking light duties at Windsor Castle.
“Her Majesty has regretfully decided that she will no longer travel to Glasgow to attend the evening reception of COP26 on Monday, November 1.
“Her Majesty is disappointed not to attend the reception but will deliver an address to the assembled delegates via a recorded video message.”
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