Britain’s new King Charles III is an outspoken climate activist who has traveled worldwide to give environmental speeches and advocate a complete transition from fossil fuels.
Charles — who ascended the throne after his mother Queen Elizabeth II died Thursday — has repeatedly warned that climate change will have “devastating” impacts on the environment. As prince, he regularly attended United Nations climate conferences and issued statements or speeches condemning the “lack of climate action.”
“The scale and scope of the threat we face call for a global systems level solution based on radically transforming our current fossil fuel based economy to one that is genuinely renewable and sustainable,” Charles remarked during a speech at the U.N.’s COP26 summit in November 2021.
“Any leader who has had to confront such life-threatening challenges knows that the cost of inaction is far greater than the cost of prevention,” he continued. “So I could only urge you as the world’s decision makers to find practical ways of overcoming differences, so we can all get down to work together to rescue this precious planet and save the threatened future of our young people.”
The then-prince acknowledged that a green transition would cost trillions of dollars, but said the investment was needed to save the world. He added that a global “military style campaign” was required to achieve such a massive and costly transition.- READ MORE