COP26: Prince Charles comes of age on climate crisis – The Yorkshire Post says

IT is indicative of the global stature of the Prince of Wales, both as a future monarch and lifelong environmentalist, that he was invited to address the G20 gathering of world leaders in Rome on the eve of his landmark opening of the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow.

He spoke from the heart, speaking of the world’s “overwhelming responsibility to generations yet unborn” and why COP26 represents the “last chance saloon” that require all political leaders – national and international – to “now translate fine words into still finer actions”.

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And, again, the eyes of the world will be on Prince Charles when he delivers a Royal rallying cry to COP26 delegates in place of the Queen who has been advised by her doctors to rest for the next two weeks and only undertake “desk-based duties”.

Prince Charles has addressed the G20 gathering of world leaders ahead of the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow.

This means that today’s speech by His Royal Highness will be one of the most important since his enthronement as Prince of Wales at Caernarfon Castle in 1969 and represents the culmination of his life’s work on the environment as his Royal duties take on even greater significance.

One of the first public figures to recognise global warming’s threat to the planet’s fragility, the increasing urgency to prevent temperatures from rising by more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels is thanks to the persistence of Charles and a coalition of like-minded influential individuals from acclaimed TV naturalist Sir David Attenborough to teenage activist Greta Thunberg.

Prince Charles has addressed the G20 gathering of world leaders ahead of the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow.

That Prince Charles was allowed to speak with such characteristic candour to the G20, which is normally a ‘closed shop’ of presidents and prime ministers, was a timely and deserved tribute. And with political leaders clearly not in agreement over the way forward, it means that today’s speech, and renowned Royal diplomacy, takes on more significance if COP26 is to be a turning point for the world before it is too late.

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The Prince of Wales (left) is greeted by Italian President Sergio Mattarella as he arrives to attend a reception and dinner at The Quirinale Palace in Rome.