You have responsibility to future generations, Charles tells leaders

The Prince of Wales will tell world leaders that they have an “overwhelming responsibility for generations yet to be born” when he speaks on the eve of Cop26 before the G20 summit in Rome.

Charles, who was invited to speak by Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi, will also deliver the opening address at the UN Climate Change Conference, which opens in Glasgow today.

While recognizing that urgent action against climate change is vital, the prince is expected to tell G20 leaders in Rome, “I am finally feeling a shift in attitudes and a positive dynamic building.”

The heir to the throne will emphasize that world leaders have an “overwhelming responsibility towards unborn generations.”

He will go on to tell G20 politicians: “It is impossible not to overhear the desperate voices of young people who see you as the stewards of the planet who hold the viability of their future in your hands”.

Charles’ invitation is in recognition of his decades of drawing attention to the growing environmental crisis the planet is facing as a result of climate change.

After his speech, Charles will participate in the launch of a new digital marker for sustainability by leading figures in the fashion industry.

Members of Charles’ Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI) Fashion Taskforce will begin rolling out the Virtual Certificate, which documents the history of each fashion item – how it was designed, made and shipped to stores.

The prince is accompanied by members of his SMI, an organization of more than 300 business leaders that aims to unlock the commitment and potential of business to provide solutions to the climate crisis.

The digital marker, which will be unveiled at the UK Embassy in Rome, aims to enable key players in the fashion value chain, including manufacturers, brands, retailers, resellers and recyclers, to ensure transparency and traceability of the products they sell.

Federico Marchetti, Chair of the Fashion Taskforce, said: “This digital badge gives consumers a real opportunity to make truly sustainable choices when shopping.

“In an industry that has so much more to do to improve its environmental impact, this is a big step forward and just the beginning of the task force’s journey.”

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