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Prince Charles ‘understands’ eco-warriors ‘frustration’ – ‘How despairing’

Prince Charles reveals ways in which he's limiting carbon footprint

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Charles said he understood why climate campaign groups such as Extinction Rebellion stage protests and block roads, but suggested they should take a less disruptive approach. He told the BBC: “I totally understand the frustration. But it isn’t helpful, I don’t think, to do it in a way that alienates people.

“The difficulty is, how do you direct that frustration in a way that is more constructive rather than destructive?”

He added: “The point is, people should really notice how despairing so many young are.”

Charles, a long-standing environmental campaigner, said it had taken “far too long” for the world to take the climate crisis seriously.

He is concerned that leaders gathering at the Glasgow climate change conference in November would “just talk”.

“The problem is to get action on the ground,” he said.

Charles is due to attend a series of events at Cop26, alongside the Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

In the BBC interview, which took place in Prince George’s Wood, an arboretum Charles has created in the gardens of his house on the Balmoral estate in Aberdeen, he also discussed his own efforts to reduce his carbon footprint.

He said: “I haven’t eaten meat and fish on two days a week and I don’t eat dairy products on one day a week.

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“If more did that, you would reduce a lot of the pressure.”

He said he had converted his car, an Aston Martin he has owned for five decades, to run on what he described as “surplus English white wine and whey from the cheese process”.

Charles’s comments come after it was announced the Queen and senior members of the Royal Family will attend a series of events during the Cop26 UN Climate Change conference.

Buckingham Palace confirmed the news last week.

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Glasgow is hosting the global summit and during the event the Queen, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will carry out royal engagements from November 1-5.

Charles is a long-standing environmental campaigner and has been joined in recent years by his son William, who has established the Earthshot Prize – an award recognising innovations that “repair” the planet.

Winners of the award, a 10-year project with a total prize fund of £50 million, will be announced later this month.

The Glasgow conference has been billed as crucial to delivering the goals of the Paris Agreement which, when it was agreed in 2015, recognised countries needed to significantly increase action to cut greenhouse gases.

But while the gap between meeting the temperature goals, intended to stave off the most dangerous impacts of global warming, and action has reduced since Paris, it is not set to be closed by next month’s summit.

Last week Charles and his wife Camilla visited Scotland.

The heir to the throne surprised people when he added a tot of whisky to his tea on a visit to a kilt shop in Aberdeenshire.

Charles, known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, was given the cuppa and dram at Gibbs – Gentlemen’s Outfitter in Inverurie and decided to mix the two.

The store, which sells designer brands and formal wear for hire, including kilts, hosted the royal visitor as he toured local shops and the town’s farmers’ market on Tuesday.

Charles also visited Rora Dairy, which produces a range of Scottish yogurts on an organic family-run farm near Peterhead.

Bruce and Jane Mackie welcomed him to their farm, which has been selected to supply November’s Cop26 climate change conference in Glasgow.

Mrs Mackie said: “This year has been tremendously exciting for us all at Rora and we were delighted to welcome Prince Charles to the farm to show him the results of our work to improve biodiversity and sustainability here.

“Our organic certification and selection for Cop26 is recognition of our efforts and, like so many of our customers, we really feel that the prince, who is a farmer himself, understood and appreciated this.”

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