Prince Charles warns of ‘dangerously narrow window’ to act on climate change

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Prince Charles has warned world leaders he has “an alarmingly narrow window of opportunity” to avoid a climate disaster and put the planet on a more sustainable path.

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In a video message to world leaders at the Saudi Green Initiative Forum in Riyadh, and just a week before the Cop26 summit in Glasgow, the Prince of Wales said nations need scientists to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of capping global Must “focus on the message”. Warming at no more than 1.5C.

The future king encouraged Middle East leaders to make the most of the “huge potential” for renewable energy projects to address the worst effects of the climate crisis.


Addressing the forum, Prince Charles said he found it “extremely encouraging” to see the oil-rich kingdom commit to diversifying its energy mix.

Pointing out that parts of the Middle East were 1C to 1.5C warmer than in pre-industrial times, he said: “These higher temperatures are likely to have, or already have, a profound impact on the people and ecology of the region.” Used to be. “

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“There is also a risk that rising temperatures will require more supplies of water and energy,” he said.

“As I have been trying to emphasize for many years, this sector has huge potential for renewable energy – including solar power, wind, green hydrogen and carbon capture use and storage. These industries can drive economic growth and can increase green employment opportunities.”

Earlier this year, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reaffirmed the country’s environmental commitments, which include renewable energy, which accounts for 50 percent of the state’s electricity by 2030, and planting 50 billion trees across the Middle East.

Prince Charles lauded the plantation promise and said Saudi Arabia had a “gravely important” role in leading the transition to renewable energy.

He told Middle East leaders on stage: “If I understand this correctly, the Qur’an teaches that God appoints us to be his steward of the earth, which explains the old nomadic proverb, ‘The best of all mosques’ Nature is itself’.

“So this is my greatest hope, Inshallah [God willing], that we can take the ambitions and practical solutions of today’s conference to the G20 in Rome and then to Cop26 in Glasgow, and therefore fulfill our sacred responsibility – respecting the limits of nature’s abundance.”

The prince said Cop26 was an opportunity for world leaders to expand their plans to reduce carbon emissions and move forward on the green transition after the Covid pandemic.

“We now have an alarmingly narrow window of opportunity in which to accelerate a green recovery, while laying the foundation for a sustainable future,” said Prince.

Urging leaders to come up with “ambitious” plans to reach net zero emissions by 2050, he said: “Experts are telling policymakers that Cop26 should make ambitious, nationally determined contributions, including clear baseline, and be net zero by 2050.”

Charles said: “We should just heed this message and above all consider the existence of the future we are giving to our grandchildren and our children’s children.”


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