Prince Charles, a lifelong environmentalist who champions organic gardening and drives one of his cars on white wine and cheese, has urged world leaders to turn the conversation into action at the upcoming UN climate summit.
Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son and heir, 72, is due to attend the two-week COP26 summit with his 95-year-old mother starting October 31 in Glasgow.
But in an interview with the BBC broadcast on Monday, he said he worried that world leaders would “just talk”, adding: “The problem is to take action on the ground.”
The UN summit will seek to persuade major developing economies to do more to cut their carbon emissions, and prompt the rich world to spend billions of dollars to help poor countries adapt to climate change. Will do
Asked whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s UK government is doing enough against climate change, Charles replied: “I can’t possibly comment.”
The Prince of Wales expressed sympathy for climate protesters who have been blocking roads in Britain for weeks as part of a campaign to make homes more environmentally efficient.
“I completely understand the frustration,” he said, as the government tries to be tough with the protesters, who have caused a stalemate with congested traffic with a sit-in protest and sticking themselves to the tarmac. has made it.
“All these young people feel like nothing is happening, so of course they’re going to be disappointed,” he insisted: “But it’s not helpful, I don’t think, to do it that way. For what separates 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.”
Charles, who has an entirely organic garden and farm at his Highgrove estate in western England, also outlined some of his own actions to reduce his carbon footprint, including cutting back on meat and fish.
In 2008, his office revealed that he had converted an Aston Martin car, which he owns, on a biofuel made from whey from additional English white wine and cheese manufacturing.
Other cars in their fleet were adapted to run on biodiesel made from used cooking oil as a way of reducing their carbon footprint.
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