‘Stuff of nightmares’ Charles heartbreak as flames destroy land of father Prince Philip


PRINCE CHARLES has made a powerful call to arms for individuals to step up and help combat climate change.

He wrote: “Owing to family connections, I have always felt a particular fascination and affection for Greece.

“Apart from the allure of her landscapes, history and culture, both my father and grandfather were born there, which is why I was so touched to be invited earlier this year to celebrate the bicentenary of the country’s independence.

“Now, five months later, it has been heartbreaking to see the devastating fires affecting Greece, Turkey, and now Italy which has just recorded Europe’s highest ever temperature.

“It has been truly the stuff of nightmares to see the once blue skies above the Peloponnese, Attica and the island of Evia turn a bright orange as mile after mile of the country’s famed landscape and over 100,000 hectares of forest and farmland have been swallowed up by ferocious flames, causing the tragic loss of life, injury and the widespread destruction of so many peoples’ homes and livelihoods.

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Prince Charles said the wildfires have been ‘truly the stiff of nightmares’ (Image: Getty Images)

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Prince Charles spoke about the Greek wildfires (Image: Getty Images)

“I have heard reports recently from British firefighters who rushed there to help who say they have never seen such fires.

“I can only imagine that their colleagues battling to bring the fires under control in California and from the west coast to the prairies in Canada would say the same.”

The Prince of Wales, 72, is an avid climate change activist who often speaks about issues surrounding our planet.

Charles has been campaigning for a sustainable future for over 50 years and has teamed up with several British businesses to help create new policies for the private and public sector.

Drawing on data from the recent UN report on climate change, he pleaded for British business leaders to help contribute to solving the climate crisis or the planet will be “done for”.

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Prince Charles said it was ‘heartbreaking’ (Image: Getty Images)

He wrote: “The predictions last week in the Special Report of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change were unequivocal.

“Unless we take immediate and urgent action, its scientists estimate there is an 89 percent chance of extreme events that used to happen once a century happening every year.

“As we approach COP26, the international climate change conference in Glasgow this November, this should surely serve as a wake-up call that climate change is happening now.

“We have been in the ‘last chance saloon’ for too long already, so if we do not confront the monumental challenge head on – and fast – we and the world as we know it will be done for.

“This is why I have long believed that the private sector, with its trillions of dollars, has an absolutely critical role to play in an effective and practical partnership with governments, NGOs, charities and individuals.

“Unlocking the enormous investment potential in the private sector could accelerate the world towards a game-changing green transition – which is why, over the past 18 months, I have spent a great deal of time trying to bring the world’s leading businesses together, sector by sector, to that end.”

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Prince Charles said we are ‘done for’ unless British business leaders help fight climate change (Image: Getty Images)

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Prince Charles opened his Terra Carta initiative in January (Image: Getty Images)

Back in January, Charles launched his “Terra Carta” initiative which called on the private sector to set out a decade-long recovery plan to help accelerate “the practical transition to a greener future”.

At time of writing, the initiative has won the support of over 400 leading companies.

Charles added: “We now have no alternative – we have to do all we possibly can in the short time left to us to avoid the enormous climate catastrophe that has already begun to show its face in the most terrifying ways, most recently in the Mediterranean.

“World leaders, working closely with the private sector, have the power to make the difference. COP26 affords them an opportunity to do so before it is finally too late.”


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