Prince Charles calls for action to save the environment
The Prince of Wales has spoken about how the prospect of becoming a grandfather is spurring on his environmental beliefs, saying he does not want to “hand on an increasingly dysfunctional world”.
Charles, an outspoken campaigner on environmental issues, told ITV’s This Morning that he did not want the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s child, due to be born next summer, to ask him why he had not done more to tackle issues like climate change.
In an interview at Clarence House with presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, to be broadcast today, he said: “I’ve gone on for years about the importance of thinking about the long-term in relation to the environmental damage, climate change and everything else.
“We don’t, in a sensible world, want to hand on an increasingly dysfunctional world to our grandchildren, to leave them with the real problem.
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“I don’t want to be confronted by my future grandchild and (have) them say: ‘Why didn’t you do something?’ So clearly now that we will have a grandchild, it makes it even more obvious to try and make sure we leave them something that isn’t a total poisoned chalice.”
Charles has advocated action to protect the environment for years. In 2007 he set up the Prince’s Rainforest Group to save threatened forests.
Charles spoke as he backed This Morning’s You Can Be Heroes Week, which aims to capitalise on the success of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and create a new army of volunteers across the UK.
Backing the campaign, he said: “A lot of people don’t realise how so many of these people keep the whole show on the road. There’s something remarkable in this country I think, about the volunteering spirit.”