Environmental crisis will “eclipse” the damage of the pandemic, warns Prince Charles


The Prince of Wales will warn on Monday of the looming environmental crisis which will ‘eclipse’ the damage caused by the coronavirus, as he says the world is at risk of missing the opportunity to ‘reset’.The Prince, who will deliver the opening speech for Climate Week 2020, says the global pandemic is a “wake-up call we cannot ignore.”

In a message recorded at his Scottish home in Birkhall and broadcast online, he warns that “swift and immediate action” must now take place, with the Covid-19 pandemic providing a “window of opportunity” to change the world for the best.

He will join environmental leaders and activists for Climate Week, which takes place annually alongside the United Nations General Assembly.

The prince recently launched a ‘Great Reset’ project at a virtual meeting of the World Economic Forum, calling on business and political leaders to ensure that global economies are rebuilt with the balance of nature by their center.

In a key speech to be delivered at nearly 3 p.m. on Monday, the prince will say: “Without swift and immediate action, at an unprecedented pace and scale, we will miss the window of opportunity to ‘reset’ for … a more future. sustainable and inclusive.

“In other words, the global pandemic is a wake-up call that we cannot ignore.

« [The environmental] The crisis has been with us for far too many years – disparaged, denigrated and denied.

“It is quickly becoming a global disaster that will eclipse the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. ”

The prince, 71, who tested positive for coronavirus in March, had previously urged members of the Commonwealth to come together to fight climate change.

In June, he spoke at a virtual meeting of the 54 United Nations Commonwealth ambassadors on the big reset, telling them: ‘In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, we have an unprecedented opportunity to reinvent our future.

“This opportunity is historic and precious. As we begin to move from crisis to recovery, we have the opportunity to determine and shape the world we want, not just for ourselves, but for generations to come.

The prince’s concern for the environment was echoed by other members of the royal family.

Next month, the Duke of Cambridge will join 50 ‘great thinkers and actors’ to speak at a session at TEDx Countdown, to discuss climate change, regeneration and nature conservation.

Ahead of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Duke launched the Earthshot Prize, a multi-million pound prize meant to find positive solutions to ‘the world’s biggest problems by 2030’.

Last month, a study by the University of Leeds suggested that the global lockdown would have a “negligible” impact on rising temperatures, but a green recovery could avert dangerous climate change.

Although the lockdowns have resulted in a decrease in transport use and greenhouse gases and pollutants caused by vehicles and industrial activities, he found, the impact is only short-lived. .

The analysis showed that while some measures last until the end of 2021, global temperatures will only be 0.01 ° C lower than expected by 2030 without further action.


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