Prince Charles meets with worldwide indigenous leaders

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Prince Charles looked delighted today as he met with Australian Prime Minster Scott Morrison at the bilateral meeting during the COP26 summit at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow.

The Prince of Wales, 72, is at the summit with his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as well as his son and daughter-in-law the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

After a night of rubbing shoulders with world leaders at a reception last night, the future king continued today as he met with the Australian leader. 

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It comes just hours after he was presented with a necklace as he spoke to indigenous leaders from around the world.

Prince William, 39, joined his father at the event and could be seen chatting with Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission at the World Leaders’ Summit.  

Prince Charles looked delighted today as he met with Australian Prime Minster Scott Morrison at the bilateral meeting during the COP26 summit at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow.

Prince Charles looked delighted today as he met with Australian Prime Minster Scott Morrison at the bilateral meeting during the COP26 summit at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow.

The royal could be seen bowing his head as he was given the necklace by Juan Carlos Jintiach, coordinator of international economic cooperation and autonomous indigenous development of the Amazon Basin

The royal could be seen bowing his head as he was given the necklace by Juan Carlos Jintiach, coordinator of international economic cooperation and autonomous indigenous development of the Amazon Basin

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The royal has spent more than 50 years highlighting environmental issues, appeared in good spirits as he arrived at the Action on Forests and Land Use event.

The royal could be seen bowing his head as he was given the necklace by Juan Carlos Jintiach, coordinator of international economic cooperation and autonomous indigenous development of the Amazon Basin.

He later appeared on stage where he wore the jewellery to address a group attending the conference.  

Charles appeared in high spirits during the engagement and could be seen laughing as he arrived on stage to deliver his speech. 

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Prince William was later seen chatting with Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission at the World Leaders' Summit

Prince William was later seen chatting with Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission at the World Leaders’ Summit

The father-of-three watched a demonstration as he attended the World Leaders' Summit in Glasgow today

The father-of-three watched a demonstration as he attended the World Leaders’ Summit in Glasgow today 

The Prince of Wales, 72, is at the meeting with his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as well as his son and daughter-in-law the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. He is pictured with Scott Morrison

The Prince of Wales, 72, is at the meeting with his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as well as his son and daughter-in-law the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. He is pictured with Scott Morrison

After a night of rubbing shoulders with world leaders at a reception last night, the future king continued today as he chatted to the Australian leader.

After a night of rubbing shoulders with world leaders at a reception last night, the future king continued today as he chatted to the Australian leader.

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The Prince of Wales was presented with a necklace as he met with indigenous leaders from around the world at the Cop26 summit in Glasgow today

The Prince of Wales was presented with a necklace as he met with indigenous leaders from around the world at the Cop26 summit in Glasgow today

Yesterday, Charles addressed delegates and demanded a ‘military-style campaign’ to mobilise trillions of dollars of private sector cash to ‘save our precious planet’. 

The prince said the pandemic had taught the world ‘timelines can be sped up dramatically’ when everyone ‘agrees on the urgency and the direction’.

Addressing world leaders, he suggested top CEOs and businesses he had spoken to confirmed they were ready to do their part to protect the globe from climate change.

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Charles said the strength of the ‘global private sector’ was greater than governments and represented the only ‘real prospect’ of fundamental change. 

The royal, who has spent more than 50 years highlighting environmental issues, donned a turquoise face mask as he arrived a the event

The royal, who has spent more than 50 years highlighting environmental issues, donned a turquoise face mask as he arrived a the event 

He appeared in good spirits as he arrived at the Action on Forests and Land Use event on the third day of COP26 at the SECC (pictured)

He appeared in good spirits as he arrived at the Action on Forests and Land Use event on the third day of COP26 at the SECC (pictured) 

It was while speaking with General Coordinator of the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities Tuntiak Katan and Coordinator of international economic cooperation and autonomous indigenous development of the Amazon Basin Juan Carlos Jintiach that Charles was presented with the necklace

It was while speaking with General Coordinator of the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities Tuntiak Katan and Coordinator of international economic cooperation and autonomous indigenous development of the Amazon Basin Juan Carlos Jintiach that Charles was presented with the necklace

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The Queen’s eldest son had a jam-packed day yesterday, speaking with world leaders.

He met with President of France Emmanuel Macron, President of Columbia Ivan Duque Marquez, Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The day before, the prince was pictured speaking to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez about climate change at Dumfries House. 

The Queen’s eldest son could be seen bowing his head as he was presented with the necklace by Jintiach

The Queen’s eldest son could be seen bowing his head as he was presented with the necklace by Jintiach 

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With Camilla seated in the crowd for Charles’ COP26 address, the royal took to the stage after an emotive video showed the devastation humans had done to the planet.

On his way up the steps Charles stumbled but managed to regain his stride before delivering his speech.

He said: ‘So ladies and gentlemen, my plea today is for countries to come together to create the environment that enables every sector of industry to take the action required.

‘We know this will take trillions, not billions of dollars. We also know that countries, many which are burdened by heavy levels of debt, simply cannot afford to go green.

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Apparently touched by the gift, the royal continued to wear the piece of jewellery, which featured a scorpion, for the event

Apparently touched by the gift, the royal continued to wear the piece of jewellery, which featured a scorpion, for the event

He later appeared on stage where he wore the jewellery to address a group attending the conference

He later appeared on stage where he wore the jewellery to address a group attending the conference

‘Here we need a vast, military style campaign to marshal the strength of the global private sector.

‘With trillions at its disposal, far beyond global GDP and with the greatest respects beyond even the government’s of the world’s leaders it offers the only real prospect of achieving a fundamental economic transition.

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‘So how do we do it? First how do we get the private sector all pulling in the same direction?

‘After nearly two years now of consultation, CEOs have told me we need to bring together global industries to map out in very practical terms what it will take to make the transition.

The royal gave his second address during an Action on Forests and Land Use event on day three of COP26 (pictured)

The royal gave his second address during an Action on Forests and Land Use event on day three of COP26 (pictured) 

He continued to wear the jewel as he spoke with delegates during the event's third day

He continued to wear the jewel as he spoke with delegates during the event's third day

He continued to wear the jewel as he spoke with delegates during the event’s third day (pictured left and right) 

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Prince Charles’s speech to world leaders at the COP26 summit in full:

The pandemic has shown us just how devastating a global cross border threat can be. Climate change and biodiversity loss are no different. in fact they pose an even greater existential threat.

To the extent we have to put ourselves on what might be called a war-like footing.  Having the opportunity of consulting many of you myself over these past few months I know you all carry a heavy burden on your shoulders and you do not need me to tell you that the eyes and hopes of the world are upon you to act decisively because time has literally run out.

The recent IPCC report gave us a clear diagnosis of a scale of the problem. We know what we must do. With a growing global population creating ever increasing demand on a planet’s finite resources, we have to reduce the emissions urgently and take action to tackle the carbon already in the atmosphere including from coal fired power stations.

Putting a value on carbon, thus making carbon capture solutions more economical is therefore absolutely critical. Similarly after billions of years of evolution, nature is our best teacher. In this regard restoring natural capital.. and levelling the circular bioeconomy will be vital to our efforts.

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As we tackle this crisis our efforts cannot be a series of independent initiatives running in parallel. The scale and scope of the threat we face call for a global systems level solution based on radically transforming our current fossil fuel based economy to one that is genuinely renewable and sustainable.

So ladies and gentlemen, my plea today is for countries to come together to create the environment that enables every sector of industry to take the action required. We know this will take trillions, not billions of dollars. We also know that countries, many which are burdened by heavy levels of debt, simply cannot afford to go green.

here we need a vast, military style campaign to marshal the strength of the global private sector. With trillions at its disposal, far beyond global GDP and with the greatest respects beyond even the government’s of the world’s leaders it offers the only real prospect of achieving a fundamental economic transition.

So how do we do it? First how do we get the private sector all pulling in the same direction? After nearly two years now of consultation, CEOs have told me we need to bring together global industries to map out in very practical terms what it will take to make the transition. We know from the pandemic the private sector can speed up timelines dramatically when everyone agrees on the urgency and the direction.

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So each sector needs a clear strategy of getting innovations to mark it. Second, who pays and how? We need to align private investment behind these industry strategies to help finance the transition effort, which means building the confidence of investors so the financial risk is reduced.

Investment is needed to transfer from coal to clean energy. If we can develop a pipeline of more sustainable and bankable projects at a sufficient scale it will attract sufficient investment.

Third which switches do we flick to enable these objectives? More than 300 of the world’s leading CEOs and and investors have told me that along side the promises countries have made… they need clear market signals, agreed globally so they have the confidence to invest without the goalposts suddenly moving.

This is the framework I’ve offered on a Terracarter roadmap created by my stable markets initiative with nearly 100 specific actions for acceleration. Together we’re working to drive trillions of dollars into support transition across ten of the most emitting and polluting industries. 

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They include energy, agriculture, transportation, health systems and fashion. The reality of today’s global supply chains means industry transition will effect every country and every producer in the world. There is absolutely not doubt in my mind that the private sector is ready to play its part and to work with governments to find a way forward.

Your excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, many of your countries are already feeling the devastating impact of climate change, through ever-increasing droughts, mudslides, floods, hurricanes, cyclones and wildfires. Any leader who has had to confront such life-threatening challenges knows that the cost of inaction is far greater than the cost of prevention. So, I can only urge you, as the world’s decision-makers, to find practical ways of overcoming differences so we can all get down to work, together, to rescue this precious planet and save the threatened future of our young people.

‘We know from the pandemic the private sector can speed up timelines dramatically when everyone agrees on the urgency and the direction.

‘So each sector needs a clear strategy of getting innovations to mark it. Second, who pays and how?

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‘We need to align private investment behind these industry strategies to help finance the transition effort, which means building the confidence of investors so the financial risk is reduced.

‘Investment is needed to transfer from coal to clean energy. If we can develop a pipeline of more sustainable and bankable projects at a sufficient scale it will attract sufficient investment.

‘Third which switches do we flick to enable these objectives? More than 300 of the world’s leading CEOs and and investors have told me that along side the promises countries have made… they need clear market signals, agreed globally so they have the confidence to invest without the goalposts suddenly moving.

‘This is the framework I’ve offered on a Terracarter roadmap created by my stable markets initiative with nearly 100 specific actions for acceleration.

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‘Together we’re working to drive trillions of dollars into support transition across ten of the most emitting and polluting industries. 

‘They include energy, agriculture, transportation, health systems and fashion. The reality of today’s global supply chains means industry transition will effect every country and every producer in the world.

‘There is absolutely not doubt in my mind that the private sector is ready to play its part and to work with governments to find a way forward.’

The prince also said the world has been put on ‘war footing’ due to the impact of climate change and loss of biodiversity.

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He continued: ‘The pandemic has shown us just how devastating a global cross border threat can be.

‘Climate change and biodiversity loss are no different. in fact they pose an even greater existential threat.’

He went on: ‘To the extent we have to put ourselves on what might be called a war-like footing. 

‘Having the opportunity of consulting many of you myself over these past few months I know you all carry a heavy burden on your shoulders and you do not need me to tell you that the eyes and hopes of the world are upon you to act decisively because time has literally run out.’

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Prince Charles, who spent the day meeting with world leaders, was followed by another video before Sir David Attenborough took to the stage. 

The royal’s comments came after Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned: ‘Humanity has long since run down the clock on climate change. It’s one minute to midnight and we need to act now. 

‘If we don’t get serious about climate change today, it will be too late for our children to do so tomorrow.’ 

UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres said it was an ‘illusion’ to think the fight against climate change is being won. 

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Charles arrived at the summit with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and posed for pictures for the press.

He carried a huge folder containing his notes as he prepared for the start of the UN climate conference.

The heir to the throne was among those who travelled by non-commercial plane from the G20 in Rome, MailOnline revealed.

But a source insisted he would have ‘only agreed to travel’ after checking the aircraft was using sustainable fuel.

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A Clarence House spokesman said: ‘His Royal Highness has personally campaigned for a shift towards Sustainable Aviation Fuel and would only undertake travel to Rome when it was agreed that sustainable fuel would be used in the plane.’

The spokesman said sustainable fuel would be used ‘wherever possible… from now on’.

On Sunday, the Prince of Wales sat down with billionaire Amazon boss Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez.

The trio were seen in a photograph shared on Bezos’s social media enjoying a cup of tea at Dumfries House, a Scottish country mansion 40 minutes from Glasgow.

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Mr Bezos and Ms Sanchez were seated on blue Chippendale armchairs surrounded by ornate portraits hanging in the Resplendent Blue Drawing room. 

Bezos wrote: ‘The Prince of Wales has been involved in fighting climate change and protecting our beautiful world for five decades — far longer than most.

‘We had a chance to discuss these important issues on the eve of #COP26 — looking for solutions to heal our world, and how the @BezosEarthFund can help.’ 

Meanwhile, the Queen used her powerful plea to world leaders over the climate crisis to praise Prince Philip and gush over Prince Charles and Prince William for carrying on her late husband’s work to protect ‘our fragile planet’.

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In a pre-recorded message addressing delegates in COP26 in Glasgow last night, Her Majesty spoke with unusual candour of her pride in her family and their stance on the environment – from ‘my dear late husband’, the Duke of Edinburgh, to her son the Prince of Wales and grandson the Duke of Cambridge. 

The Queen said: ‘It is a source of great pride to me that the leading role my husband played in encouraging people to protect our fragile planet lives on through the work of our eldest son Charles and his eldest son William. I could not be more proud of them.’  

She included a poignant nod to her advancing years, saying many involved in the Glasgow summit – including herself – would not see the fruits of their actions, adding: ‘None of us will live for ever.’ But she stressed: ‘We are doing this not for ourselves but for our children and our children’s children, and those who will follow in their footsteps.’

Her praise for her son and grandson came just days after Prince Charles spoke affectionately in public about William as he said: ‘I am very proud of my son, William, for his growing commitment to the environment and the bold ambition of The Earthshot Prize’.

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