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Prince Charles fumes at Extinction Rebellion and Insulate Britain: ‘Not helpful!’ | Royal | News

The Prince has said that the use of blocking roads across the country is “not helpful” to the cause. However, Charles has said that despite the use of these techniques, he does feel the “frustration” felt by the campaigners about climate change.

With the COP26 conference taking place in a month’s time, Charles has expressed worry that world leaders will “just talk”, rather than initiate any action.

Charles has warned that if no action is to be taken soon, then the planet could be in for a “catastrophic” impact.

He said: “The problem is to get action on the ground.”

Charles has also outlined the sympathy he feels for Greta Thunberg, the young climate change campaigner, who has recently criticised world leaders for not acting on the warnings which she has given said.

Asked if he sympathises with Ms Thunberg, Charles said: “Of course I do, yes.

“All these young people feel nothing is ever happening so of course they’re going to get frustrated. 

“I totally understand because nobody would listen and they see their future being totally destroyed.”

Speaking about the actions of Extinction Rebellion, the heir to the throne said: “But it isn’t helpful, I don’t think, to do it in a way that alienates people. 

“So I totally understand the frustration, the difficulty is how do you direct that frustration in a way that is more constructive rather than destructive.”

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However, along with Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are all expected to be in attendance.

Bob Ward, of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, said: “The more the UK looks like it’s taking this seriously, the more other countries will want to be seen to match that.

“So yes, I think it’s entirely helpful to have such a strong showing from the Royal Family.

“Prince Charles, and increasingly Prince William, have shown a particular interest in this area. Prince Charles is definitely recognised around the world as a deep thinker on these issues, and having a track record of having been interested in this for a long, long time.

“So it’s not just the symbolism – they are people of substance on these issues.

“It’s very difficult given all the other tensions with China at the moment.

“So again, I think if the Royal family are able to create a strong engagement with the Chinese leadership whilst they are here, that will help.”

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