Prince Charles has called on a global effort to finance a £7.3bn rescue effort for Earth’s ecosystem and nature recovery.
He launched his ‘Terra Carta’ agreement between some of the world’s biggest organisations to lead a post-pandemic recovery effort.
The moves also marks his 50th year of campaigning on environmental issues and came during the One Planet summit in Paris.
He said: “Today, I am making an urgent appeal to leaders, from all sectors and from around the world, to join us in this endeavour, and to give their support to this Terra Carta – to bring prosperity into harmony with nature, people and planet over the coming decade.
“I can only encourage, in particular, those in industry and finance to provide practical leadership to this common project, as only they are able to mobilise the innovation, scale and resources that are required to transform our global economy.”
“Ladies and gentlemen, a sustainable future is, in fact, the growth story of our time – but it is up to us to seize the opportunity it presents. It is my profound hope that the Terra Carta might help us to do just that.
“Therefore, as we look to a brighter and more sustainable future, with our promises kept, let us join forces and waste no more time.
“With the clock ticking, it really is up to us to make each day count.”
The full stream of the One Planet summit on biodiversity can be viewed on YouTube.
Prince Charles’ intervention comes just weeks after the Royals came in for criticism over their climate credentials for their own lands in Scotland and calls to step away from the Victorian era of shooting and grouse moors to sustainability.
Questions have been asked on whether or not the Queen is duty bound to allow the rewilding of the Royal estate at Balmoral as The Herald among others have asked.
Inkcap wrote this extended piece about why the Monarch should act.
It comes as the UK Government was facing scrutiny over a loophole which will allow it to continuing exporting unsorted plastic waste to developing countries – a practice now banned by EU nations.
The Guardian reports on efforts by shadow environment minister Luke Pollard to have the Conservative led administration fall into line with other major nations.
Money talks, of course, which is where Europe;’s biggest bank HSBC is facing pressure from shareholders who want it to cut ties with fossil fuel investments.
According to Reuters, investors want the bank to outline short and medium-term targets in line with the targets of the Paris climate agreement to limit global warming to 1.5C.
All of which should make people take heed of this article in New Scientist which reminds us that 2020 was the hottest year on record.
Climate Notes | Compiled by Planet Scotland