Cop26 is “the last chance salon” to save the world from runaway climate change, Prince Charles has told world leaders in Rome ahead of the crucial climate summit in Glasgow.
Speaking to an audience, including Boris Johnson, on the sidelines of the gathering of the G20 group of industrialized nations, Charles said it was time to begin a green-headed economic turnaround.
“Ladies and gentlemen, Cop26 starts in Glasgow tomorrow,” Charles said. “Quite literally, this is the last chance saloon. We must now translate fine words into even finer actions.
“And as the enormous scale of the climate challenge dominates people’s conversations, from newsrooms to living rooms, and as the future of humanity and nature itself is at stake, it is certainly time to put our differences aside and seize this unique opportunity to launch a significant green recovery. by putting the global economy on a safe, sustainable path, thus saving our planet.
“And from what they tell me, the private sector is already there, eager to work with you and ready to play a hugely significant and game-changing role. That’s why I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to to talk to you here today, and to shed light not only on how far we have come, but also on how far we still have to go. ”
Charles’ intervention came as Johnson prepared to greet more than 120 world leaders at the start of the two-week police rally on Monday, with the British Prime Minister spending much of his time at the G20 event pushing a similar message home. coordinated global action is required.
On his way to Rome on Friday, Johnson told reporters that Cop’s success remained in balance, comparing the world’s fight against the climate crisis to a football team that lost 5-1 at the break.
In comments on Saturday, Johnson said lack of progress in Glasgow could prompt “very difficult geopolitical events”, including mass migration and global competition for food and water.
In his speech, Charles stressed what he called “our overwhelming responsibility to generations not yet born” and said he discovered a change of attitude and “building positive momentum”.
Charles highlighted the need for the private sector to tackle the issue as well, saying it would need trillions of dollars in investment each year to limit global warming to the 1.5 C target above pre-industrial levels.
“No government has that kind of amount, and that’s why I have spent so much time over the last 19 months trying to form a global private sector alliance, as I have long believed that it has the ultimate key to the solutions we seek, “he said.
Governments, in turn, needed to provide long-term leadership on the issue, as well as regulatory and financial support, he added.