Prince Charles warns of climate crisis as he meets Greta Thunberg

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Prince Charles has met with Greta Thunberg after making a speech in which he warned that environmental issues are the “greatest threats humanity has ever faced”.

The future king and the 17-year-old climate change activist shook hands as they came face to face at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Charles, who has long campaigned for environmental causes, arrived at the summit in a fully electric car, while other leaders were criticised for their use of private jet.

In his keynote address he said: “We are in the midst of a crisis that is now I hope well understood.

“Global warning, climate change and the devastating loss of biodiversity are the greatest threats humanity has ever faced.”

The Prince of Wales also told his audience that his past 50 years of campaigning had been “with our children and grandchildren in mind”.

He added: "I did not want to be accused by them of doing nothing except prevaricating and denying the problem.”  

His words echoed those of Miss Thunberg, who spoke at the event yesterday to remind political and business leaders that “our house is still on fire”.

She asked: “I wonder, what will you tell your children was the reason to fail and leave them facing a climate chaos that you knowingly brought upon them?”

The Swedish teenager clashed with US president Donald Trump, who used his speech to attack climate “prophets of doom” and rejected their “predictions of the apocalypse”.

Soon after, Miss Thunberg introduced a talk entitled “Averting a Climate Apocalypse” and criticised the elites for their lack of climate action.

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