Cop26 is ‘last chance saloon’ to save the planet, warns Prince Charles

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Watch: COP26: PM, Prince Charles and David Attenborough to address summit in 'last, best hope' to tackle climate change

Prince Charles has urged world leaders to hear the “despairing voices” of young people desperate for nations to do more to combat global warming.

Speaking at the G20 summit in Rome, the Prince of Wales warned that countries have an “overwhelming responsibility to generations yet unborn”, adding that this is the “last chance saloon” in the battle against climate change.

He said: “We must now translate fine words into still finer actions. 

“And as the enormity of the climate challenge dominates peoples’ conversations, from news rooms to living rooms, and as the future of humanity and Nature herself are at stake, it is surely time to set aside our differences and grasp this unique opportunity to launch a substantial green recovery by putting the global economy on a confident, sustainable trajectory and, thus, save our planet.

“And, from what they tell me, the private sector is already there, eager to work with you and ready to play a hugely significant and game-changing role. This is why I am so grateful to have this chance to talk to you here today and to shine a light not just on how far we’ve come, but also on how far we still need to go.”

His stark warning comes as world leaders gather for the start of the two-week Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow.

Prince Charles at the G20 summit in Rome   (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Prince Charles at the G20 summit in Rome (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Cop26 President Alok Sharma warned that rising temperatures are “unequivocally” caused by human action in his opening address earlier today. 

He added: “The rapidly-changing climate is sounding an alarm to the world to step up on adaptation to address loss and damage, and to act now to keep 1.5 alive.

“We know that this Cop, Cop26, is our last, best hope to keep 1.5 in reach.”

“I believe that we can resolve the outstanding issues. We can move the negotiations forward and we can launch a decade of ever-increasing ambition and action.

“Together we can seize the enormous opportunities for green growth for good, green jobs for cheaper, cleaner power.

“We need to hit the ground running to develop the solutions that we need. And that work starts today – and we succeed or fail as one.”

Watch: Boris Johnson greets world leaders in Glasgow

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