Prince Charles declares ‘war-like footing’ in a speech at vital COP26 climate change meeting
- At the opening ceremony of the COP26 climate change meeting, the Prince of Wales addressed world leaders.
- Prince Charles’ words on Monday are his latest attempt to enlist support for environmental and sustainability initiatives.
- He asked for a “Marshall-like plan for nature, people, and planet” in September 2020.
Call of Warning
LONDON, UK — At the COP26 opening ceremony on Monday, Prince Charles delivered an urgent call to action. Time had “very literally run out” for the climate change summit, according to the meeting.
The heir presumptive to the British throne, speaking in front of world leaders in Glasgow, Scotland, said the COVID-19 pandemic had demonstrated that a cross-border threat may be destructive.
“Biodiversity loss and climate change are not different,” he explained. “In reality, they constitute an even bigger existential threat, to the point where we need to place ourselves on a warlike stance.”
COP26 will be hosted by the U.K. between 31st October and 12th November.
Ridings of the Summit:
- COP26 will “bring parties together to accelerate action towards the aims of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change,” according to the UK’s official website.
- The Paris Agreement, which the United Nations describes as a legally binding international treaty on climate change, intends to “keep global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.” In comparison to pre-industrial levels, 1.5 degrees Celsius would be preferable.”
In his address to those in front of him, Charles stated that the world’s eyes and hopes are on you to act quickly and decisively due to the time constraints.
A recent study from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, according to the Prince of Wales, provides “a clear diagnosis of the scale of the problem – we know what we must do.”
Charles elaborated on his statement, saying that emissions must be reduced immediately and that action must be taken to “tackle the carbon currently in the atmosphere, particularly from coal-fired power plants.”
Making Carbon Solutions more Economic
“Putting a price on carbon, and so making carbon capture technology more affordable,” he stated, is “very vital.” Collaboration was also crucial, according to Charles. “Our efforts cannot be a succession of individual projects operating in tandem as we address this catastrophe,” he said.
“The magnitude and extent of the threat we confront necessitate a global system-level response based on a profound transformation of our current fossil-fuel-based economy.” This is in contrast to one that is truly renewable and long-term.”
He went on to say that “countries must work together to create an environment in which every sector of the industry may take the necessary action.” We understand that this will cost trillions of dollars rather than billions.”