Prince Charles stars in teaser for COP26: In Your Hands
Prince Charles mentioned his eight-year-old grandson, Prince George, in a clip launching the film ‘COP26: In Your Hands’. The Prince of Wales said how the eldest son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is learning about climate change and the devastating impact it is having on the planet.
In the video, released today as the 30-minute-long Sky film debuts, the Prince of Wales is seen holding a glowing globe representing planet Earth.
Speaking to the target audience of the film, children and teenagers, he said: “I am old enough to have a grandson.
“Like you, he is learning how climate change is causing the big storms, and floods, droughts, fires and food shortages we have seen around the world.”
In the brief video, Prince Charles also spoke about how he came to realise as a young adult humanity was putting too much pressure on the planet.
Prince Charles spoke about Prince George in a new clip
Prince George is third in line to the throne
Mentioning his five-decade-long commitment to the environmental cause, he said: “When I was his age, people had no idea about the damage we were doing.
“But by the time I was a teenager, I started to see that if we didn’t stop polluting our planet, we would face a very dangerous future indeed.
“This is why I’ve spent so much of my life trying to warn that we have to operate in ways which can make nature thrive, not suffer.
“We have forgotten that we have to put back into nature as much as we take out – and you have an important part to play in this.”
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Prince Charles will attend COP26
Introducing the film, available on Sky News, Sky Kids and Now, he added: “That’s why I am delighted that in this film we will be hearing from six young climate activists from six different continents who have all seen the impact of climate change where they live and have ideas about what needs to be done to help the planet become healthy again.
“Their voices matter, and so does yours.
“Your future depends upon the future of the planet.”
The teenagers representing the world’s six habitable continents in the documentary are Darielen, aged 15 from Brazil; Hannah, aged 17 from the UK; Kynan, aged 16 from Indonesia; Queen, aged 17 from Cameroon; Sophia, aged 15 from Canada, and 16-year-old Tamsyn, from Australia.
Prince Charles is the heir to the throne
Prince George and Princess Charlotte in December 2019
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also appearing in the film.
The ‘COP26: In Your Hands’ documentary is streaming ahead of the United Nations’ climate change summit in Glasgow.
Beginning on October 31, the COP26 summit will see world leaders, activists and five senior royals – the Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall – gathering in Scotland over the course of 13 days to discuss the environmental crisis and the actions needed to tackle it.
Prince Charles isn’t the first prominent royal to speak about Prince George’s interest in the environment.
Prince George was born in 2013
Prince William revealed during an interview with BBC Newscast’s Adam Fleming his firstborn has become “acutely aware” his personal actions can have an impact on the planet.
He said: “I think he [George] has a definite sense of realisation and understanding so education is really key.
“So, for instance, knowing not to overuse water, being careful with our resources, turning off light switches, things like that, which was instilled in me growing up.
“So yes, he is acutely aware, more so than the other two at the moment.”
Prince Charles has been advocating for the environment for decades
Prince William also acknowledged his father’s long-standing efforts to protect the planet, started decades before climate change was considered an issue by the majority of the public.
He said: “It’s been a hard road for him. My grandfather started off helping out WWF a long time ago with its nature work and biodiversity, and I think that my father’s sort of progressed that on and talked about climate change a lot more, very early on, before anyone else thought it was a topic.
“So yes, he’s had a really rough ride on that, and I think you know he’s been proven to being well ahead of the curve.
“Well beyond his time in warning about some of these dangers.”
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