World running out of time to tackle climate change, Prince Charles says

Thursday, 18 March 2021 18:30 GMT

ARCHIVE PHOTO: Britain's Charles, Prince of Wales stands during the honouring of the fallen heroes of the two World Wars in Abuja, Nigeria, November 8, 2018. Pius Utomi Ekpei/Pool via REUTERS

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Prince Charles called for investment in green technology as Imperial College London opened a centre for climate innovation

By Lin Taylor

LONDON, March 18 (Openly) - The world is running out of time to tackle climate change, Prince Charles, the 72-year-old heir to the British throne, said on Thursday, as Britain pledges to reach net zero by 2050.

The prince said it was crucial to invest in sustainable solutions and for businesses to partner with researchers to innovate on climate technology.

"We are rapidly running out of time. The current pandemic has shown us that human health, economic health and planetary health are fundamentally interconnected," he told a virtual event on Thursday hosted by Imperial College London.

"It has also shown us that it is entirely possible to accelerate solutions when we work together for a higher common purpose," Charles said in a video message to mark the launch of a new centre for climate change innovation.

Britain has a target to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and is also seeking to boost jobs and repair economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson last year announced a "green revolution" which he said will mobilise 12 billion pounds ($17 billion) of government money and create 250,000 highly skilled green jobs by 2030.

Investment in clean energy must increase by 30% to a total of $131 trillion by 2050 to avert catastrophic climate change, the International Renewable Energy Agency said this week.

Whether it is renewable energy, sustainable transportation or green infrastructure, the world is on the "verge of catalytic breakthroughs", Prince Charles added.

His comments come as Britain's royal family faces scrutiny after Meghan, the wife of Prince Harry, accused them of raising concerns about how dark their son's skin might be, in a tell-all television interview with Oprah Winfrey.

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