Climate Week 2020 will begin today with a warning from Prince Charles that the Threat from climate change has to the potential to dwarf the impact the world is facing from the COVID pandemic.
The Prince of Wales will deliver a recorded message this afternoon from Balmoral in which he says immediate action has to be taken to halt the march of climate change and its impact.
He has urged that the world uses the COVID crisis as a window of opportunity to effectively reset the world to a more sustainable future.
During his address The Prince of Wales will say: “”Without swift and immediate action, at an unprecedented pace and scale, we will miss the window of opportunity to ‘reset’ for … a more sustainable and inclusive future.
“In other words, the global pandemic is a wake-up call we cannot ignore.
“… the environmental crisis has been with us for far too many years — decried, denigrated and denied.
“It is now rapidly becoming a comprehensive catastrophe that will dwarf the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.”
The Prince has been a long-time advocate for action over climate change, raising the issue long before it began to dominate global headlines.
He has repeatedly in the past called on the insurance industry to drive the issue with their clients and work to help shape the global economy into a more sustainable model.