Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

Prince Charles has warned Prime Minister Scott Morrison and leaders in other countries to think about skipping a critical climate conference that it is the world’s last chance to act.
In a BBC interview published on Monday, the Prince of Wales is specifically asked about Australia and Morrison while discussing climate change and the COP26 conference, which begins in Glasgow at the end of the month.

Asked what he would say to a government like Australia that seems reluctant to make commitments to reduce emissions needed to avert devastating climate change, Charles replies: “You are cautiously trying to suggest that there may be other ways of doing things, in my case.

“Otherwise, you accuse me a lot of mixing me up and mixing me up, right?”

Prince Charles is being interviewed by BBC climate editor Justin Rowlatt. (BBC)

BBC climate editor Justin Rowlatt tells the future king that Morrison is considering skipping the COP26 conference and asks why it is so important for leaders to attend.

“Well, that’s what I’m trying to say all the time, and the point is, this is literally a last chance salon,” the prince says.

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

The Prince of Wales says in the clip that he is concerned that leaders “just want to talk” when they meet in Glasgow, adding that the key is to get “action on the ground” and unlock trillions of dollars in private sector investment.

The alternative, he says, would be a disaster.

“It will be catastrophic,” he says.

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

Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a press conference at The Lodge in Canberra. (Alex Ellinghausen)

Australia is under growing international pressure to strengthen emission reduction targets that are much lower than most of the Western world.

Morrison says he wants to get to zero-zero CO2 emissions as soon as possible, preferably by 2050, but that is not the same as tough net-zero targets adopted by the US, COP26 hosts the UK, EU and many others.

In fact, much of the discussion in Glasgow will relate to the short-term targets for 2030, where Australia’s cut of 26-28 per cent is just over half of what the US promises and far below Britain’s and the European Union’s commitments.

Morrison met with National leader Barnaby Joyce on Monday in the middle of an ongoing effort to reach agreement on net-zero by 2050.

“It’s going to be a very cumbersome process for me because I know that in my party room there are very different opinions, as there are in the community, as there are in regional areas,” Joyce said Monday.

“We have to somehow control that process.”

Joyce said he had seen a document describing the government’s potential approach to new goals, but had not been able to show it to others.

It would be “ridiculous” to think he could get the entire party room on board before the end of the month, he said.

“They will say, ‘okay, we’re on board, or we’re not, or we need to make some changes to get us on board,’ ‘he said.

“My job is (to) try to corral it.” At the end of the day, do you want them all on the same page? Not a chance. “

That Sydney Morning Herald reported that a meeting in the National’s banquet hall supported Mr Joyce’s approach to calling for a better deal for regional Australia in return for backing a more ambitious goal.

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese said the climate crisis was a chance for Australia to become a “superpower for renewable energy”.

“This is, as Labor has said all along, an opportunity to create more jobs, to create more economic activity, especially in regional Australia,” he said.

“But after such a long time, we can not trust the coalition government.

“Even if they delay, after negotiating with each other, come up with a zero in 2050 before Glasgow, it does not mean much. We know that.”

Prince Charles comments were sent the same day, other strong voices came with strong comments about the need to act.

Britain’s COP president Alok Sharma named China, India, Saudi Arabia and Australia to deliver more ambitious goals.

“Australia is our closest comrades and I want them to come to our party and sing the same songs – and that means we have to make ambitious commitments on emission reductions by 2030 and, of course, a net zero target,” Sharma told Financial Times.
ONE special report from the World Health Organization, which is still in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, described climate change as the “greatest major health threat facing humanity”.

The report outlines 10 recommended climate and health measures along with the research in support of why each action is beneficial.

“As healthcare professionals and healthcare professionals, we recognize our ethical commitment to talk about this fast-growing crisis, which can be far more catastrophic and lasting than the Covid-19 pandemic,” the letter reads.

“The people and nations that have benefited most from the activities that caused the climate crisis, especially the extraction and use of fossil fuels, have a great responsibility to do everything possible to help those who are now most vulnerable.”

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