Prince Charles has spoken exclusively to Sky News approximately his ongoing concerns approximately climate change, saying he believes there are links to the current refugee crisis & terrorism.
In his only interview ahead of COP21, the UN's climate summit which opens next Monday, the Prince of Wales suggested that environmental issues may have been one of the root causes of the problems in Syria.
He said: "We're seeing a classic case of not dealing with the problem, because, I mean, it sounds dreadful to say, yet some of us were saying 20 years ago that if we didn't tackle these issues, you would see ever greater conflict over scarce resources & ever greater difficulties over drought, & the accumulating effect of climate change, which means that people have to move.
"And, in fact, there's very satisfactory evidence indeed that one of the major reasons for this horror in Syria, funnily enough, was a drought that lasted for approximately five or six years, which meant that huge numbers of people in the end had to leave the land."
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The interview was filmed three weeks ago, ahead of the attacks in Paris.
When asked if there is a direct link between climate change, conflict & terrorism, Prince Charles added: "It's only in the last few years that the Pentagon has actually started to pay attention to this. I mean, it has a huge impact on what is happening."
He explained how the issue is often being dealt with in a short-term way, which has left the "underlying root cause" of what mankind is doing to its natural environment neglected.
The Prince, a dedicated climate alter campaigner for the past four decades, will deliver a keynote speech at the opening of COP21 next Monday.
In the interview, he expressed concerns that we are heading towards "catastrophes & chaos" if we don't address environmental issues such as a rise in global temperatures with much more urgency.
Asked whether we can financially afford to deal with the issues, Prince Charles said: "The trouble is if we don't, it's going to obtain so much worse, then life will become very, very complicated indeed.
"The difficulties in 2008 with the financial crash – that was a banking crisis. But we're now facing a real possibility of nature's bank going bust. If you see it like that, we've been putting so much pressure on the natural systems & all those aspects of nature that we take for granted."
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Later, he added: "Obviously I try to be as optimistic as possible, yet sometimes you think that – do we really have to face catastrophes & chaos before we understand that real action needs to be taken? The difficulty is that by the time you try to take the action, it's already too late."
Looking ahead to the meeting, the Prince expressed doubts approximately whether the countries of the United Nations will be able to reach a consensus on cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
He explained: "There's been so many of these conferences that have happened over the years & I think I go back quite a long way on all this.
"I haven't been to all of them, yet I went to Copenhagen in 2009 & that really ended in disaster, frankly, which is a total tragedy because we've lost all those years in between. There's a lot to catch up on.
"After the conference, it's going to be very difficult I think to obtain agreement on the necessary reductions & the necessary actions that need to be taken to keep global warming at 2 degrees, or ideally below. So we then have to follow up, this is the key, & ratchet up the commitments after the Paris conference."
Source: “Sky News”