COP28: King Charles’s rallying cry to save the planet - The Standard podcast


King Charles has issued a rallying cry to world leaders at COP28 to save the planet.

In his opening speech he made reference to the extreme weather events we’ve seen this year; wildfires in Canada, droughts in East Africa and flooding in India, and called on leaders to take notice of the “dangerous feedback loops” climate scientists have been warning about for decades.

The King also said $4.5-5 trillion is required each year to “drive the transformation we need” and ended his speech with the words “the earth does not belong to us, we belong to the earth”.

His opening speech came with the backdrop of the saga around Omid Scobie’s new book about the royals, but it appears King Charles is focused on his life-long mission to raise awareness of climate change and the harm it's causing to the natural world.

Omid Scobie has denied naming any members of the royal family, claiming a “translation error” was to blame for the names being published in the Dutch version of his book.

In this episode of The Standard podcast, Royal Editor Robert Jobson discusses King Charles’s heritage as an environmentalist, and comments on the saga around Omid Scobie’s book.

In part two of this episode, the Standard’s Political Editor Nicholas Cecil explains some of the key points from the King’s speech, and where the UK stands in the mission to tackle climate change.

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