February 10, 2011

Prince Charles Confronts Climate Change Skeptics

Skeptics are having a "corrosive effect" on public opinion of climate chage, the British heir to the throne, Prince Charles, said on Wednesday when speaking to an audience of MEPs and other policymakers at a conference in Brussels. He added that they are playing "a reckless game of roulette" with the planet's future.

The Prince asked: "How are these people going to face their grandchildren and admit to them that they failed their future? Their suggestion, that hundreds of scientists around the world ... are somehow unconsciously biased, creates the implication that many of us are secretly conspiring to undermine and deliberately destroy the entire market-based capitalist system," he said.

Doubters, particularly those in the United States, dismiss scientific evidence supporting global temperature increases of the earth due to human activity, arguing that the large majority of scientists are wrong, or the consequences of warming are overstated.

Prince Charles addressed top officials of the European Union at the Low Carbon Prosperity Summit, a conference devoted to engaging more European businesses in promoting a low-carbon economy. At the packed conference in the European Parliament chamber, Charles touched on topics ranging from the need to protect fisheries and the Amazon rain forest, to making low-carbon emissions affordable and competitive.

Charles, who has been active in promoting environmental issues, was asked to participate in the conference in order to raise public awareness throughout Europe, according to AP. EU President Herman Van Rompuy told the Prince, "Your presence brings added value and attention to this important issue,"

Prince Charles is a patron of the Cambridge Program for Sustainability Leadership, which works with business, government and civil society to promote a sustainable economic future.


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