Prince Charles says ‘climate crisis could dwarf coronavirus’: The climate crisis could ‘dwarf’ the impact of the coronavirus pandemic warns Prince Charles, if there is no ‘immediate action’ and a ‘Marshall Plan’ is not implemented to protect nature, people and the planet.
HRH the Prince of Wales whilst delivering an address at the opening ceremony of Climate Week, said: “Without swift and immediate action at an unprecedented pace and scale we will miss the window of opportunity to reset for a green, blue recovery and more sustainable and inclusive future.”
The global pandemic is a wake-up call he said, that ‘simply cannot be ignored’ and added: “That crisis has been with us far too many years. It is now becoming a rapidly comprehensive catastrophe that would dwarf the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
“At this late stage, I can see no other way forward but call for a Marshall Plan for nature, people and planet. We can no longer go on like this as if there is no tomorrow.”
Run by international non-profit Climate Group, Climate Week is thought to be the only major international climate summit happening this year, Climate Week aims to bring together global leaders and support the climate agenda despite the global pandemic.
Helen Clarkson, CEO of the Climate Group, responding to HRH The Prince of Wales’ speech, said: “His Royal Highness’s address was incredibly moving. It is heartening to hear him and so many of our other speakers call for such large scale action.
“Invoking the Marshall Plan harks back to a very special moment in history when the US led by example on the biggest issue of the day. I hope that decision-makers in the US hear that call and take note.”
Prince Charles says ‘climate crisis could dwarf coronavirus’