G20 Summit: Prince Charles to tell world leaders that the lives of future generations are ‘in your hands’ in climate change discourse | Climate News



The Prince of Wales will tell world leaders that the lives of future generations are ‘in your hands’ and that they can no longer ignore ‘the desperate voices of young people’ as he pleads his case on the climate crisis ahead of COP26.

In a rare invitation, prince charles, a committed environmental activist, was invited to respond to G20 rulers in Rome.

He will use his speech to stress that world leaders have an “overwhelming responsibility to the unborn generations,” adding that: “It is impossible not to hear the desperate voices of the young people who see you. [the leaders of the G20] as stewards of the planet, holding the sustainability of their future in your hands. “

Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron at the G20 summit in Rome

It is incredibly rare that a member of the royal family is invited to the G20, not to mention being invited to address the assembled leaders. His speech will precede discussions between countries on climate change commitments.

In the past, the Prince of Wales has been accused of lobbying or trying to use her influence in discussions with politicians and world leaders on environmental issues, and has been criticized for not being as neutral on political matters as the Queen.

His invitation to speak upstream of the G20 and his strong involvement in COP26 seems to mark a shift in perceptions, and the fact that there is now a growing global consensus on the desperate need to address the climate crisis.

Perceptions that he interferes have been replaced with recognition of his five decades of environmental work and his unparalleled ability to bring together representatives from the private and public sectors.

In his speech, the prince will explain how views are moving in a more positive direction, stating “I am finally feeling a change in attitude and the build-up of positive dynamics” and will use the example on his own to help them. sustainable markets. (SMI).

The SMI is a discussion space bringing together hundreds of business leaders, all working together to make their industries more environmentally friendly.

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Prince Charles warns children of climate change

The prince will tell world leaders that the finances and direction of some of the world’s biggest companies are ready to help them.

He will say, “Some 300 of the world’s top CEOs from all sectors of the economy, including financial services, have joined my Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI) and have demonstrated how extremely sensitive they are to how consumers, who control over sixty percent of global GDP, and shareholders are now demanding changes in corporate behavior. “

Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the Colosseum during the G20 summit in Rome, Italy.  Photo date: Saturday October 30, 2021. PA Photo.  See the story of the G20 POLITICAL PA.  Photo credit should read: Jeff J Mitchell / PA Wire
Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the Colosseum during the G20 summit in Rome, Italy

Before leaving Rome, Prince Charles will attend an event to mark an initiative that business leaders in the fashion world are working on.

The digital identification of the SMI Fashion Coalition will be a virtual certificate on clothing and accessories that records the history of each item; how it was designed, manufactured and transported to stores. High-end brands such as Giorgio Armani, Mulberry and Chloé have embraced the idea. Fashion is currently one of the most polluting sectors in the world.

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On Monday, the Prince of Wales will be joined by the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for a reception to welcome world leaders in Glasgow for COP26.

Prince Charles will also deliver opening remarks at the official opening ceremony hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

On Saturday, it was announced that G20 leaders had approved a global minimum corporate tax, as part of a new international tax system.

In July, G20 finance ministers agreed on a minimum tax of 15% – its official approval in Rome from world economic powers was therefore expected.

Once the summit is over, attention will turn to Glasgow and COP26 on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Britain has decided to name a thinning mass of ice in Antarctica the Glasgow Glacier, to symbolize the implications for the world of the conference.

Scientists at the University of Leeds in England studied a chain of glaciers in the Getz Basin of Antarctica and found their land-to-ocean travel accelerated by an average of 25% between 1994 and 2018 due to climate change .

The glaciers, which are found in British Antarctic Territory, will be named after cities that have hosted climate conferences, reports or treaties, including Rio, Kyoto, Paris and Glasgow.

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