Prince Charles on ‘destructive’ eco-protesting amid Insulate Britain chaos: ‘Not helpful!’

Prince Charles set for 'seismic' action on climate change says Myers

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Insulate Britain once again blocked the M25 today, with 14 of their members walking onto the motorway between junctions 28 and 29 near Brentwood in Essex during rush hour. It was the group’s 16th day of road demonstrations in less than seven weeks. Insulate Britain is an off-shoot of Extinction Rebellion that wants the UK Government to insulate homes across the country in an effort to tackle the climate crisis.

They have brought chaos to commuters by blocking off motorways and A roads leading to the capital over the past few weeks.

The Prince of Wales, who has been a passionate climate change campaigner for decades, will deliver the opening address at the COP26 United Nations climate summit on Monday, after the Queen pulled out on doctor’s advice.

Charles, who will attend alongside his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will deliver the conference’s opening remarks as he did at the COP21 summit in Paris six years earlier.

The Royal Family will also be represented by Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, just weeks after the Duke launched the Earthshot Prize, which awards five winners £1 million for presenting the most inspiring solutions to the climate crisis.

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Though the Queen will not attend, she will be delivering a recorded message for the conference.

The heir apparent has been a dedicated environmental campaigner for many years, and earlier this month expressed concern that politicians were “just talk” when it came to climate policy.

In a BBC interview, the Prince of Wales said he sympathised with climate campaigners such as Greta Thunberg and said he “totally understands” why groups such as Extinction Rebellion were taking disruptive action.

However, he insisted that it was not “helpful” to protest in a way that alienates people, branding such action “destructive”.

When asked whether he understands why direct action groups go out and disrupt the streets he said: “Of course I do, but it isn’t helpful ‒ I don’t think ‒ to do it in a way that alienates people.

“So I totally understand the frustration. The difficulty is, how do you direct that frustration in a way that is more constructive, rather than destructive.”

He added: “All these young people feel nothing is ever happening so of course they’re going to get frustrated ‒ I totally understand because nobody would listen and they see their future being totally destroyed.

Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Zoe Forsey and features Daily Mirror royal editor Mr Myers. 

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When asked about the talking points of Charles’ BBC interview, Mr Myers noted the Prince of Wales’ “sympathy” for climate change activists taking direct action.

Mr Myers said: “Charles saying that he’s got sympathy with climate change activists, he understands why young people are taking the action they are.

“Obviously in the UK […] there’s a massive big protest movement going on at the moment. 

“I think we’re into Day 15 ‒ a protest group called Insulate Britain, part of an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion, where they are blocking major roads, major tunnels, ports.

“And essentially sitting in the middle of the road, gluing themselves to the road and it’s actually been quite fractious.

“We’re getting back to some sort of normality, people are going to work, everyone’s trying to go about their business, businesses are struggling, the price of fuel, we’ve got a fuel crisis here in the UK, the price of materials are going up.”

The royal expert added that Charles was recognising that we need to have “immediate conversations” on climate change. 

He also stressed the heir apparent believed the disruptive nature of groups like Insulate Britain was “not the right way to go about things.”

Mr Myers said: “There is an issue where undoubtedly we need to have sensible conversations, and immediate conversations about protecting the planet and Prince Charles was recognising that and saying he really does sympathise with the young people.

“It seems to be the older people who are involved with this Insulate Britain protest group that are gluing themselves to streets and what not.

“However what Charles said is that the way they are causing disruption is really building animosity towards them and that is potentially not the right way to go about things. 

“We all need to be on the same footing, we all need to be having an open conversation about this.”

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