Prince Charles warns of 'dangerously narrow' window of opportunity to tackle climate change

Prince Charles addressing the Saudi Green Initiative Forum
Prince Charles addressing the Saudi Green Initiative Forum

The Prince of Wales said Charles said the issue is finally 'of paramount importance to the world'

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The Prince of Wales has warned there is a “dangerously narrow” window of opportunity in which to tackle climate change.

Charles said that “after far too long” the issue is finally “of paramount importance to the world”.

The heir to the throne was addressing the Saudi Green Initiative Forum.

In a pre-recorded message, Charles said: “I am most touched to have been asked to address this event which inaugurates the Saudi Green Initiative and roadmap, and which takes place with encouraging timing, only days before the G20 in Rome and Cop26 in Glasgow.

“Cop26 is said to be the largest gathering of international leaders ever hosted by the United Kingdom.

“This reflects the fact that, at last, and after far too long, climate change and biodiversity loss are clear global challenges of paramount importance to the world.

“At the same time, the ongoing pandemic has highlighted that human health, planetary health and economic health are fundamentally interconnected.

“We now have a dangerously narrow window of opportunity in which to accelerate a green recovery, while laying the foundations for a sustainable future.”

It comes as the Queen appeared to suggest she was irritated by a lack of action in tackling the climate crisis during a trip to Cardiff for the opening of the Welsh Senedd

Two video clips, parts of which are inaudible, showed the Queen chatting with the Duchess of Cornwall and Elin Jones, the parliament’s presiding officer.

At one point she appears to be talking about the Cop26 climate conference, and can be heard saying she does not know who is coming to the event which will begin in Glasgow at the end of this month.

In the clip, she said: “I’ve been hearing all about Cop…I still don’t know who’s coming.”

In a separate clip, the Queen appears to say it is “irritating” when “they talk, but they don’t do”.