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Prince backs carbon 'survival' policies

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Prince backs carbon 'survival' policies


To stiffen European resolve in grappling with climate change, the heir to the British throne has been attending the Low Carbon summit, in Brussels.

Speaking in the European Parliament, Prince Charles said the world needs to mobilise on a massive scale.

“We would have to see effective partnerships between the public and private sectors. We could not leave it to the market alone. Long-term public sector policies need to be coherent and consistent in order to create an environment which is conducive to private sector investment. Only in this way will the private sector be prepared to commit investment capital.”

The aim of the summit was to stoke political work to change high-carbon production and consumption, on the premise that if nature collapses there will be no economic growth.

“This process has not been helped by the corrosive effect on public opinion of those climate change sceptics who deny the vast body of scientific evidence. I wonder, will such people be held accountable at the end of the day for the absolute refusal to countenance a precautionary approach?”

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has been environmentally active since the early 1980s. Promoting responsibility, in his speech the royal heir said it is partly about: “Making it cool to use less stuff.”

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