PRINCE CHARLES has responded to US President Donald Trump’s statements decrying climate change “prophets of doom”. Here’s what the Prince of Wales had to say.
Donald Trump made the comments in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, with prominent teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg in the crowd. He called for a rejection of “predictions of the apocalypse” and called those trying to sound the alarm on climate change “alarmists” seeking “absolute power to dominate, transform and control every aspect of our lives”.
Prince Charles, like all members of the Royal Family, usually steer well clear of political or controversial topics which may divide public opinion.
However, the Prince is well known for his deep-rooted love of the environment, and didn’t hold back when asked to respond to Mr Trump’s comments.
In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Times, Prince Charles spoke of “global warming, climate change and the devastating loss of biodiversity” as “the greatest threats humanity has ever faced”.
He recently met Greta Thunberg for the first time, calling her “remarkable” shortly after Mr Trump’s speech.
Prince Charles news: The Prince and President together on on June 04, 2019 in London (Image: Getty)
Prince Charles news: Donald Trump made the comments in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos (Image: Getty)
Asked what he made of the President’s “prophet’s of doom” comments, Charles said: “Well, people have accused me of that for a very long time, and worse probably.
“But it’s the thing I’ve always hoped to avoid.
“Basically, my grandchildren’s generation are standing up and saying, ‘What are you doing? We can’t go on like this.’
“That’s why I was trying to push as much as I could before we got to this stage.
Prince Charles news: The Prince and Trump at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 (Image: Getty)
“But now…we simply can’t just sit there and say, ‘It should be business as usual’.”
This is the firmest statement the Prince has made against the President yet.
Charles played a pivotal role in the 2015 Paris climate agreement, which Trump has abandoned, to much international uproar.
The Prince also spoke oh his concerns about the fires that have devastated parts of the US and Australia.
President Trump has claimed that California’s “terrible forest management” is partly to blame for the fires, but Charles was keen to point the finger at climate change.
He said: “I don’t think you can say it all is, but there is an enormous element of it which is due to global warming.”
He added that modern societies “have abandoned all the timeless knowledge and wisdom of all the indigenous people who I’ve tried, again for years, to emphasise the importance of their management of nature”.
He said: “Frequently, things haven’t been done which used to be done by the aborigines for thousands of years.
Prince Charles news: Charles ecently met Greta Thunberg for the first time, calling her “remarkable” (Image: Getty)
“So maybe we ought to be managing this better. At the same time we must tackle what is causing the warming.”
Other leaders and thinkers were keen to criticise Mr Trump’s comments too.
Economist Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel Laureate, criticised Mr Trump’s speech, saying it was “astounding” and made “as if what we are seeing with our eyes are not there”.
And joint leader of Germany’s Green Party, Robert Habeck, said: “Only self-praise, ignorance, disregard for everyone, no perception of global problems. It was the worst speech I’ve ever heard in my life.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK