The Prince of Wales has urged the world to address the climate emergency urgently and praised his sons Prince William and Prince Harry for their work in building a more sustainable future
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Prince Charles has warned “the eyes of our children and grandchildren are judging us”, as he urged the world to take immediate action to tackle climate change.
The Prince of Wales said he hoped the start of a new year would herald a new beginning for efforts to address the climate emergency, believing “there is not a moment to lose.”
In an essay for Newsweek published today the heir to the throne reflects on his family’s long commitment to environmentalism.
He praised his late father Prince Philip, who died aged 99 last April, for his prescient concern about the health of the planet and cites the work that both his sons William and Harry have taken on in building a sustainable future.
Charles, 73, says: “The eyes of our children and grandchildren are judging us.
“The world is on the brink….and we need the mobilizing urgency of a war-like footing if we are to win.
“As a father, I am proud that my sons have recognised this threat. Most recently, my elder son, William, launched the prestigious Earthshot Prize to incentivise change and help repair our planet over the next 10 years.
“And my younger son, Harry, has passionately highlighted the impact of climate change, especially in relation to Africa, and committed his charity to being net zero.”
The most pressing challenge now, writes the Prince, is “putting Nature, people and our singular and fragile planet at the heart of how we live, work and do business to create the brightest possible future for humanity.”
Charles said the need to “create a cleaner, safer and healthier planet for future generations” is more pressing than ever, adding: “As we enter a new year, there is not a moment to lose.”
In September, the Prince of Wales wrote exclusively for the Daily Mirror, as he spoke of his personal lifelong quest to help future generations saying: “I have spent some forty years of my life trying to indicate what needs to be done to ensure we do not bequeath a destroyed world to our children and grandchildren.”
Describing how “the world is on the brink” the heir said his recent first-hand experience on visits to Jordan, Egypt and Barbados, had enforced his view that “we need the mobilising urgency of a war-like footing if we are to win.”
Newsweek Global Editor in Chief Nancy Cooper said: “We are proud to publish the Prince of Wales’ powerful appeal, calling on all of us to address this crucial challenge.
“Given his decades of engagement on this issue, he can speak with deep knowledge and real authority.”
To read the Prince Charles essay, click here.