'The sacred geometry of nature': Prince Charles says lessons from the past can help save the future

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Royal tours often involve showing off a country's major tourist attraction and Egypt was no exception.

Mid afternoon Prince Charles, Camilla, their entourage and all of us in the large travelling media pack descended on the pyramids on the outskirts of Cairo.

As the sun was setting the scene was breath-taking, giving the Prince of Wales a truly stunning backdrop in which to make his latest speech. Another plea to the global community that while COP26 may be over, now is the time to step up and act if we're to combat the climate crisis.

As he acknowledged in his speech, Egypt could not have been a more apt setting to make his comments. The country is "on the front line of urgent climate challenges", he said, from rising sea levels, to the loss of biodiversity as sea temperatures rise.

The pyramids themselves are at risk from rising temperatures, flooding and other extreme weather. Egypt also has a very important role in future global discussions.

After the UK hosted COP26, the climate summit baton was passed to Egypt to host the next, COP27.

In recent weeks, around COP26 and the G20, the Prince has spoken a great deal about the need to look to the future and find solutions.

But in other ways he remains deeply traditional, feeling that we have lost touch with what really matters, a theme he also returned to in his speech, saying we need to "re-discover a sense of the sacred by learning to live within the bounds of nature, rather than thinking we can ignore them".

In his message he also encouraged Egyptians to look to those who built the pyramids for inspiration, praising their ingenuity adding: "The fact that they could do this reminds us how profoundly they understood the sacred geometry of nature.

"The fact that they did do this reminds us that they understood this knowledge was essential to life and death."

Yes, this was a rallying call to those who will shape future discussions through COP27.

But it was also another global message, written to accompany the photographs of him, Camilla and the pyramids, that are now destined to be sent around the world.

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