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Prince Charles has declared the world is "all take, take" and the climate emergency is so perilous we “need four planets like Earth to survive”.
The lifelong environmentalist today urged nations to come together, so that “my and your children and grandchildren can have some kind of reasonable future”.
The heir was invited to open the ‘It’s Time’ global conference which took place online in place of the United Nations climate change conference, set for Glasgow earlier this month, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Charles told of his frustration that for decades people would not listen to him as he campaigned about climate change and said the time to act is now.
He said: “Everything in nature is a finite resource.
Prince Charles gave his 'It's Time' speech today
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“We have to make a real integrated global effort.
“At the moment we have so degraded natural systems, eco-systems, biodiversity that it’s becoming increasingly impossible for nature to sustain us – at the moment it’s all take, take.
“Now we’ve reached the situation where we really need four planets like Earth to survive or to provide enough for everybody.”
Calling the situation “terrifying”, Charles said the Covid-19 pandemic had “brought unimaginable devastation to people’s lives, livelihoods and national economies”, but “represents an unprecedented opportunity to rethink and reset the ways in which we live and do business”.
Charles told of his frustration
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The Prince, grandfather of Prince William’s three children George, Charlotte and Louis and Prince Harry ’s son Archie, urged the world to act now for the benefit of "my grandchildren and your grandchildren" or "our generation will go down in history" as the ones who destroyed the planet.
Recalling his inspiration behind the Sustainable Markets Initiative he created this year to bring industries together to solve the world’s global environmental problems, Charles added: “We’ve forgotten sometimes I think that we are part of nature, so what we do to the world around us we are doing totally to ourselves.
“We can’t go on, I think, equivocating on this and just expect us to test the world ultimately to destruction before you can prove that you have destroyed it, it seems pointless to me.
Charles has been campaigning for years and has been frustrated by a lack of open ears globally
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“There is life after apparent death from the current conventional approach.
“We’ve got to come together as a world on this.
“At the moment we are literally compromising it.
“We can’t go on now with all the ice cap melting completely.
“This is terrifying to me, it always has been.”
But despite the current outlook Charles, speaking alongside activists, politicians and environmental broadcasters, said he does believe there is a chance to act now, before it is too late.
He said: “And there is a better world out there.
“There is real hope but we’ve just got to get our act together and we’ve got to remember that the natural world is what sustains us.”