Speaking to over 150 business leaders in Rio de Janeiro, Prince Charles laid down a warning that time is running out to save the planet. “The best projections tell us that we have less than 100 months to alter our behavior before we risk catastrophic climate change and the unimaginable horrors that this would bring,” he said.
“Any difficulties which the world faces today will be nothing compared to the full effects which global warming will have on the worldwide economy,” he added. “It will result in vast movements of people escaping either flooding or droughts, in uncertain production of foods and lack of water and, of course, increasing social instability and potential conflict. It will affect the well-being of every man, woman and child on our planet.”
The Prince then went on to say that only sustainable development — especially in light of the current economic crisis — is the best path for humanity. “Doesn’t the global crisis in which we find ourselves tell us that sustainable development will be, indeed can only be, the primary driver of economic and industrial development in the future?”
Sure to dampen his mood further, Charles and Camilla will head to the rainforest tomorrow to see the impact of humans on the region. Hopefully, he won’t be ambushed by pissed-off monkeys.