Prince Charles admits he ‘totally supports’ radical climate change protestors
Prince Charles threw his support behind radical climate change supporters, claiming he 'totally understands the frustration' of Extinction Rebellion and Insulate Britain.
But the next king did condemn Insulate Britain's road-blocking methods as unhelpful and alienating potential supporters of the climate change cause.
Charles told the BBC: “I totally understand the frustration.
“But it isn’t helpful, I don’t think, to do it in a way that alienates people.
"The difficulty is, how do you direct that frustration in a way that is more constructive rather than destructive?”
“The point is, people should really notice how despairing so many young are.”
The long-standing supporter of the environmental cause said the impacts of climate change are already disastrous – and will only get more severe if we don't act.
The Prince of Wales explained: “The risks now are so great if you don’t make the right move.
“It’ll be catastrophic.
"It is already beginning to be catastrophic, because nothing in nature can survive the stress that is created by these extremes of weather.
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“The problem is to get action on the ground."
Charles plans to attend numerous meetings at the upcoming COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, which takes place from October 31 to November 12.
The Queen, Camilla and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will also be attending.
Asked if the British government was doing enough to combat the effects of climate change, the future king stayed coldly neutral.
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He said: "I couldn't possibly comment."
The rare interview took place at Prince George’s Wood, a garden Charles planted for his grandson in the gardens of Birkhall, his house on the Queen's Balmoral estate in Aberdeen.
Charles has devoted his efforts to reducing his carbon footprint for decades, with Gloucestershire estate Highgrove long operating as carbon-neutral.
The future king also converted his 50-year-old Aston Martin, he said, to run on “surplus English white wine and whey from the cheese process".
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Prince Charles added: “I haven’t eaten meat and fish on two days a week and I don’t eat dairy products on one day a week.
"If more did that, you would reduce a lot of the pressure.”
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