Worried Prince Charles issues video warning over climate change ‘catastrophe’
Prince Charles has warned that the climate crisis will "dwarf" the impact of coronavirus as he called for "swift and immediate action in tackling the castastophe.
In a video message to be played at the virtual opening of Climate Week on Monday, the Prince of Wales says the pandemic was "a wake-up call we cannot ignore".
He stands in front of the green lawn at Birkhall in the grounds of Balmoral and says: "Without swift and immediate action, at an unprecedented pace and scale, we will miss the window of opportunity to 'reset' for… a more sustainable and inclusive future.
"[The environmental] crisis has been with us for far too many years – decried, denigrated and denied.
"It is now rapidly becoming a comprehensive catastrophe that will dwarf the impact of the coronavirus pandemic."
Prince Charles adds that billions of people are longing and waiting for actions to "right the balance of this planet" and more of people are desperate for more action, rather than words.
The speech came after a new poll suggests there is a growing concern among people all over the world about climate change, although there are big differences about the level of urgency required to tackle the issue, reported the BBC.
The 71-year-old future king, who previously tested positive for coronavirus in March, has previously called for members of the Commonwealth to work together to tackle climate change.
Earlier this year, he called on business and political leaders to embrace a sustainable future at the World Economics Forum in Davos, where he also met teen activist Greta Thunberg.
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