Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

Prince Charles has called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other world leaders to attend the UN climate conference, calling it a “last chance salon” to save the planet.

World leaders including Joe Biden, Boris Johnson, the Queen and the Pope will attend the event, but Morrison has not yet made a decision on whether he will attend.

The Prince of Wales gave an interview to the BBC when he was pressured about Australia’s actions on climate change ahead of the COP26 UN climate conference in Glasgow later this month.

Prince Charles seemed really surprised when BBC climate editor Justin Rowlatt told Morrison was still on the fence about coming.

“Is that what he’s saying?” Asked Charles.

“He said it, yes, he said he had spent enough time in quarantine,” Rowlatt said, before asking the prince what he would say to world leaders about why they should come to Glasgow.

“Because if we do not really make the decisions that are vital now, it will be almost impossible to catch up.

The prince said it would be a “disaster” if no more action was taken immediately.

“It’s going to be catastrophic,” he said.

“It’s already starting to be catastrophic because nothing in nature can survive the stress created by these extremes of the weather.”

Prince Charles raises one hand during an interview.
Prince Charles said the forthcoming climate conference is a “last chance salon”.(BBC)

Rowlatt also asked Prince Charles what he would say to the Australian government, saying it seemed “reluctant to address” the need for serious action on the issue.

“I mean, you’re gently trying to suggest that there may be other ways of doing things, at least in my case, otherwise you’re accusing many (the media) of mixing me up and mixing me up, right?” Said Charles.

The prince also avoided a question to him, asking if the British government was doing enough, and replied: “I could not possibly comment.”

Yesterday, British MP Alok Sharma, Britain’s COP president and host of the summit, also said he hoped Morrison would attend in person and that Australia would set a net zero target.

COP26 is seen as the most important climate meeting since 2015, when the Paris Agreement was signed.

Last month, Secretary of State Marise Payne said it was still figuring out who was going to leave the government, but insisted Australia would be adequately represented.

“It’s not a no-show at the conference,” she said.

“Australia will be strongly represented at the conference, no matter which High Representative and our commitment is very clear.”

‘They just talk’

Prince Charles gestures with his hands as he walks in the gardens.
Prince Charles took the BBC around the gardens of the Balmoral estate in Scotland.(BBC)

Prince Charles, 72, is an avid environmentalist and has spent much of his life promoting and fundraising for green causes.

He said he felt the concerns of the younger generations and understood why the climate campaigns took direct steps when politicians did not keep their promises.

“They’re just talking, and the problem is getting action on the ground,” Charles said.

The prince also said he could sympathize with groups like the Extinction Rebellion, but said protests that disrupt or anger people were not the way to change.

“All these young people never feel like nothing ever happens, so of course they get frustrated,” he said.

“But it is not useful, I do not think, to do it in a way that alienates people.

“The point is, people really need to notice how desperate so many young people are.”

Prince Charles also revealed the personal changes he has made to his lifestyle to help combat climate change, including converting his vintage Aston Martin to run on “excess English white wine and whey from the cheese process”.

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The 1970s convertible DB6 runs on mixed E85 fuel, which is 85 percent bioethanol and 15 percent unleaded gasoline.

He has also sought to revise the way royal estates are heated and operated, including his London residence Clarence House and farm buildings at Highgrove in Gloucestershire.

“I have been trying for a very long time to make sure that the warming is done in a way that is as sustainable as possible,” he told the BBC.

“So I installed biomass boiler systems and then the solar panels that I managed to get at Clarence House and at Highgrove on some of the farm buildings, plus trying to reduce as much as possible.”

The prince has also changed his diet to reduce the impact on the environment by stopping eating meat and fish two days each week and having one day a week free of dairy products.

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