The Prince of Wales warned “the world is on the verge” of an environmental disaster and praised his two sons for their work in the fight against climate change.
In an essay for the American magazine Newsweek, Charles compared the effects of global warming to the threat of nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.
He also said he was proud of the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex for highlighting the dangers of climate change.
“As a father, I am proud that my sons have recognized this threat.
“Recently, my older son William created the prestigious Earthshot Prize to incentivize change and help repair our planet for the next 10 years by identifying and investing in technologies that can make a difference” , he wrote.
“And my younger son Harry was passionate about highlighting the effects of climate change, particularly on Africa, and pledging his charity to be net zero.”
And he paid tribute to his late father, the Duke of Edinburgh, who was decades ahead of his time in the fight against global warming.
“Sixty years ago, my late father realized the harm humanity was doing to the planet and helped found the World Wildlife Fund,” he said.
Calling on the global private sector to invest in a sustainable future, Charles said it would take “trillions instead of billions” to realign the world economy away from fossil fuels.
The prince quoted the late US President John F. Kennedy’s “strategy of peace”, which called for a de-escalation of the nuclear arms race at the height of the Cold War.
“Once again the world is on the brink, and we need the mobilizing urgency of a war-like base if we are to win,” he wrote.
Charles used the warfare analogy as a call to action before, after using the same phrase in his address to leaders at the Cop26 summit last November.
In 2020, during a video message for Climate Week NYC, he also called for a “Marshall-like plan for nature, people and the planet”.
Charles added that “the eyes of our children and grandchildren judge us” about the current response to climate change.
“Younger generations have already expressed understandable frustration at the pace of action on this issue,” he said.
The prince outlined a three-point plan, saying that significant changes would require commitments from global industry, private investment, and the world’s governments.
The first would need to set green business strategies, the second would need to help fund the transition, and the third would need to give investors “clear market signals” to give them confidence to offer long-term financial assistance, he said.
The prince said, “The time is now … Let’s be the generation that ‘can’. And does. At the beginning of a new year there is not a moment to lose. “
The essay is the first time the Prince of Wales has written for a US publication in 10 years, Clarence House confirmed.
It will appear as the cover story of the second issue of the 2022 magazine on January 21 and be available from January 14.
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