On a windy day in November last year, the future King of England stood before world leaders to raise a slogan that he should “move forward with full speed and determination” to face a common enemy.
The wake-up call in the sprawling windowless halls of the Glasgow Convention Center at the opening of the United Nations Climate Conference dealt with an issue dear to the then Prince Charles.
He said climate change and loss of biodiversity was no different from the COVID-19 pandemic, which shook the world. “Indeed, they represent an even greater existential threat, so far as we can call ourselves a state of war.”
He warned leaders that time was running out to cut emissions, urging them to push through reforms that “are transforming our current fossil fuel-based economy into a truly renewable and sustainable one.”
“We need a major military-style campaign to increase the strength of the global private sector,” he said, adding that the trillions of governments at the disposal of trade would go far beyond what they could and “the only real way to achieve possibility”. Fundamental economic achievements. infection.”
It was a fierce call to arms, very different from the gentle invocation of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in a video message that night.
For decades, Charles has been one of Britain’s foremost environmental voices, criticizing the evils of pollution. Now that he is a monarch, he is bound to be more careful with his words and must abstain from politics and government policies in accordance with the traditions of the British constitutional monarchy.
British constitutional affairs expert Robert Hazel said, “Charles will have little leeway now that he is king.” University College London.
“All of his speeches have been written or verified by the government,” Hazel said. “If you make an unconfirmed comment that appears to be at variance from government policy, the press will attack you for pointing out inconsistency, and the government will control you; it will have to be much less vocal than before.”
Still, many say it’s unlikely he’ll suddenly stop talking about climate change and the environment, especially since he trumps political ideology.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said last week that it would be “completely acceptable” for the monarch to advocate for climate action, even if his role should be non-political.
“It is important for the monarchy to distance itself from partisan political issues,” Albanese told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. ,
“It must be something above politics, climate change needs to be acted upon,” he said.
Keeping quiet about the climate could be especially difficult for Charles in light of the bisexual stance of the current Conservative government.
While the government says it is committed to the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to “net zero” by mid-century, the administration led by new Prime Minister Liz Truss is encouraging more oil drilling in the North Sea. a quote. To boost the national energy supply.
[Con información de The Associated Press]
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