Prince Charles call for 'war-like footing' to tackle climate crisis

World must move to a ‘war-like footing’ to combat Climate Change, Prince Charles will tell delegates as he opens COP26 summit in Glasgow

  • Prince Charles will argue  ‘war-like footing’ is needed to tackle the climate crisis
  • The Prince of Wales will speak at the opening ceremony of the COP26 summit
  •  Royal is expected to stress urgency of dealing with the climate crisis in speech

The Prince of Wales will argue that a ‘war-like footing’ is needed to tackle the climate crisis as he opens the COP26 summit in Glasgow.

The royal, who will speak at the opening ceremony of the major conference on Monday, is expected to call for a ‘vast military-style campaign’ to address urgent environmental issues. 

He is expected to stress the urgency of dealing with the climate crisis, saying: ‘We have to put ourselves on what might be called a war-like footing.’

The prince will go on to urge leaders across the globe to systematically engage with business to solve the climate problems the world faces.

Prince Charles will argue that a ‘war-like footing’ is needed to tackle the climate crisis during his speech at COP26

He is expected to say: ‘We need a vast military-style campaign to marshal the strength of the global private sector. With trillions at its disposal.’

Earlier today Prince Charles made an impassioned plea to stop climate change for ‘generations yet unborn’ as he spoke ahead of the Cop26 summit.

In a rare political intervention, the heir to the throne told world leaders that it was ‘impossible not to hear the despairing voices of young people’ demanding action.

He warned that the summit in Glasgow is the ‘last-chance saloon’ to limit global warming.

Speaking to the G20 summit in Rome, the Prince of Wales also called for trillions of dollars of investment by companies into new technology. 

In his starkest warning yet on climate change, he told world leaders: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, Cop26 begins in Glasgow tomorrow.

‘Quite literally, it is the last-chance saloon. We must now translate fine words into still finer actions.

‘As the enormity of the climate challenge dominates people’s conversations, and as the future of humanity and nature herself are at stake, it is surely time to set aside our differences and grasp this unique opportunity to launch a substantial green recovery by putting the global economy on a confident, sustainable trajectory and, thus, save our planet.’

He added: ‘The planet’s health today will dictate the health, happiness and economic prosperity of generations to come – hence our overwhelming responsibility to generations yet unborn. 

‘It is also impossible not to hear the despairing voices of young people who see you as the stewards of the planet, holding the viability of their future in your hands.’

The Prince of Wales  (pictured with British Ambassador to Italy Jill Morris) will speak at the opening ceremony of the COP26 summit in Glasgow tomorrow 

The royal is expected to call for a ‘vast military-style campaign’ to address urgent environmental issues

Prince Charles told the politicians that the private sector is ‘eager’ to work with them and ‘ready to play a hugely significant and game-changing role’.

He said solutions to major issues ‘seem possible only if there is a much closer partnership between Government, the main multilateral banks, the private sector and its investors’. 

Calling for trillions of dollars of investment, he said businesses need guarantees from leaders before they invest in technology.

He added that after almost 50 years of his own efforts in trying to raise awareness of the growing crisis ‘I am at last sensing a change in attitudes and the build-up of positive momentum’.  

On Monday, Prince Charles is due to welcome leaders to COP26 in Glasgow. The Queen was due to attend but has been advised to rest by her doctors. 

After his speech, Charles will attend the launch, by leaders from the fashion industry, of a new digital marker for sustainability.

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