Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Prince Charles says climate the real crisis

ABC News Online,

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/10/28/2403933.htm

Posted Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:00pm AEDT

Prince Charles urged the world to fight climate change, saying that while the global credit crunch will be temporary, the effects of the "climate crunch" were irreversible.

The heir to the British throne issued his appeal on a visit to Tokyo, where he and his wife Camilla are marking the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Britain.

"Given the current turbulence in the international financial system and the immediate and damaging effect it is having on the whole world, the credit crunch is rightly a preoccupation of vast significance and importance," Charles said.

"But we take our eye off the 'climate crunch' at our peril," he said in a speech at Japan's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

"While we hope and pray that the underlying strengths of the global economy will once again enable it to bounce back, the effects of climate change will be far from temporary and will, indeed, be irreversible," he said.

Global markets have been battered in recent weeks by a global crunch in credit as some of the world's top financial institutions crumble under the weight of toxic subprime housing loans.

Charles, who has long championed environmental causes, cited predictions by UN scientists that temperatures could rise by more than six degrees Celsius by 2100 if no action is taken.

Charles called it a "level unprecedented in human experience."

"The scale of the challenge is clear, nothing less than an urgent, full-scale transformation to a low-carbon society is needed," he said.

- AFP

1 comment:

David said...

Charles speech is right on the mark. We need to take a step back and look at the root cause of the environmental and financial problems we are seeing in the world today. Our view of the world through egotistical lenses has brought us here. The solution requires us to change this view. And here is how …

Michael Laitman highlights some key areas of the speech in his Blog