Prince Charles says protecting forests vital against climate change 'doomsday clock'
Jeremy Hance, mongabay.com
February 15, 2008
In stark terms he warned the Parliament of the grave danger of climate change. "For me, the crux of the problem is - and I only pray I will be proven wrong - that the doomsday clock of climate change is ticking ever faster towards midnight."
Alluding to global government's laconic response to climate change, Prince Charles stated: "We are simply not reacting quickly enough. We cannot be anything less than courageous and revolutionary... In this sense, it is surely comparable to war. The question is whether we have the courage to wage it." The comparison between combating climate change and engaging in warfare has caught the attention of numerous European news sources. "If military policy has long been based on the dictum that we should be prepared for the worst case," Prince Charles added. "Should it be so different when the security is that of the planet and our long term future?"
Prince Charles received a standing ovation at the end of his speech and high praise by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. "I want to pay a very warm tribute to you for the tremendous leadership," Barroso told the Prince. "You have offered for many years on environmental issues in general and climate change in particular. It's fair to say the Prince of Wales was speaking about these issues well before they became fashionable."
The Prince of Wales laid out the stakes, as he sees them, in the world's action or non-action over the coming years. "The lives of billions of people depend on your response," he stated, "and none of us will be forgiven by our children and grandchildren if we falter and fail."