‘Last-chance saloon’: Prince Charles urges Scott Morrison to attend Cop26 climate summit
By SEAMLESS DAILY
12 October 2021
Prince Charles has urged the Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, to attend this month's critical Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow, saying it could be the world ’ s last chance to take action.
The Prince of Wales talked about his unusual car in a new wide-ranging interview with the BBC, where he chats about the environment and climate change.
And he warned of a "catastrophic" impact if more ambitious action isn't taken on climate change.
'you gently try to suggest there may be other ways of doing things, in my case, you lot will accuse me of interfering,' charles laughed.
If we don't really take the decisions that are vital now, it's going to be almost impossible to catch up.
The prince said that, while governments can bring billions of dollars to the effort, the private sector has the potential to mobilise trillions of dollars.
"it is already beginning to be catastrophic because nothing in nature can survive the stress that is created by these extremes of weather,"
the prince of wales has told the bbc he understands why campaigners from organisations such as extinction rebellion take to the streets to demand action on climate change.
but he added he didn'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."
when asked if the uk government was doing enough to combat the climate change, the prince replied : "i couldn't possibly comment."
but he added that many business executives still didn't give environmental issues the priority they deserve.
The prince said the key would be making the environmentally friendly options cheaper for everyone.
"We still have fossil fuel subsidies, why ?"
he said it was "crazy" there were still subsidies for what he called "insane agro-industrial approaches to farming which are a disaster in many ways, cause huge damage and contribute enormously to emissions".
He said there were similar "perverse" subsidies for the fishing industry which he said caused "mammoth damage" through trawling.
charles is due to attend are the queen, the duchess of cornwall, and the duke and duchess of cambridge.
And he worried that world leaders would "just talk" when they meet in Glasgow in November for a crucial UN climate conference.
"the problem is to get action on the ground," he said.
The interview took place in Prince George's Wood, an arboretum the Prince of Wales has created in the gardens of Birkhall on the Balmoral estate.
"I mean it 'll be catastrophic.
Challenged about his own efforts to reduce his carbon footprint, Prince Charles said he had switched the heating of Birkhall to biomass boilers, using wood chips from trees felled in the estate's forest.
He has installed solar panels at Clarence House, his London residence, and on the farm buildings of his Gloucestershire home, Highgrove.
Interviewer Justin Rowlatt said : "Is it fair to say you are a bit of a Clarkson, a bit of a kind of petrol head, and you 've always enjoyed cars ?"
"Well, yes", the prince acknowledged : "But that was before we knew what the problems were."
He said he had converted his favourite vehicle, an Aston Martin he has owned for 51 years, to run on what he described as "surplus English white wine and whey from the cheese process".
He now doesn't eat meat and fish on two days each week and doesn't eat any dairy products on another day.
During the interview, Charles was asked about his own carbon footprint as well as his love of cars.
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The interview comes after it was revealed that Charles will attend the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow next month.
'The point being that this is a last chance saloon.
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