Prince Charles warns G20 leaders of their duties on climate issues — MercoPress
Prince Charles warns G20 leaders of their homework on climate issues
Prince Charles of Wales has warned world leaders meeting at the G20 summit in Rome that they have an “overwhelming responsibility to unborn generations” on climate issues, ahead of the COP 26 summit in Glasgow.
The heir to the British throne, invited to speak by the Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, declared: “This is the saloon of the last chance” to save the planet. “Literally” so!
The prince also told the G20 leaders in Rome that “I finally feel a change in attitude and the building of positive momentum”.
“It is impossible not to hear the desperate voices of young people who see you as guardians of the planet, holding in your hands the viability of their future,” he added.
“We must now translate fine words into even finer actions as the enormity of the climate challenge dominates people’s conversations, from newsrooms to living rooms. And with the future of humanity and nature itself hanging in the balance, it is surely time to put aside our differences and seize this unique opportunity to launch a substantial green recovery by putting the global economy on a confident sustainable trajectory and thereby save our planet,” he said. continued.
Charles also told politicians that the private sector was “looking forward” to working with them and “ready to play an extremely important and decisive role”.
From this point of view, the Crown Prince insisted that solutions to major problems “only seem possible if there is a much closer partnership between the government, the main multilateral banks, the private sector and its investors”. .
Charles is due to welcome leaders to COP26 in Glasgow. The queen was due to attend but her doctors advised her to rest.
The speech came after Charles joined Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Joseph Biden and other world leaders at a gala dinner on Saturday night marking the end of a G20 summit.
The reception comes amid high tensions between Mr Johnson and Mr Macron as Britain and France continue to clash over post-Brexit fishing licenses. The dispute also has ramifications in what is known as the AUSKUS affair, a deal under which Australia was to buy conventional submarines from France but was not reached due to diplomatic interference.
Prince Charles was also due to deliver one of the key speeches at the opening ceremony of the climate summit in Glasgow. Helping to greet world leaders, the prince will stress the urgency of tackling the climate crisis, saying: “We need to put ourselves on what you might call a war footing.”
He will urge world leaders to engage more actively with the business community to unlock the trillions of dollars that could help find solutions, saying, “We need a broad, military-style campaign to mobilize the force of the global private sector. With trillions at his disposal.
The war footing analogy is one the prince has used as a call to action before. Last year, during a video message for Climate Week NYC, he called for a “Marshall-like plan for nature, people and the planet.”
The Queen in recent weeks has expressed her frustrations, saying ahead of COP26 she was irritated by leaders who “talk but don’t do”.
Prince Charles has been a committed environmental activist for over 50 years.
“It is all too clear that we will need billions of dollars of investment every year to create the new infrastructure needed to meet the vital 1.5 degree climate target that will save our forests and farms, our oceans and our wildlife,” he also said. while in Rome.
“No government has such sums – that’s why I’ve spent so much time over the past 19 months trying to form a global alliance between the private sector, because I’ve long believed it held the key ultimate solutions we seek.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is hosting the conference in Glasgow, Scotland, is expected to stress the urgency for action, saying humanity has waited too long. “If we don’t take climate change seriously today, it will be too late for our children to do so tomorrow,” Johnson will say, according to excerpts released by his office.