Ignoring warnings will 'endanger' mankind

2011-09-09 19:00

London - Mankind will itself become an endangered species if we ignore environmental problems, Prince Charles warned in a speech late on Thursday.

"We are, of course, witnessing what some people call the sixth great extinction event...," he said in a speech in London, as he assumed the presidency of Britain's branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

"The earth is being depleted of many of her natural resources, from top soil to fish, and if we carry on as if it's 'business as usual', we will receive dangerously diminishing return from nature's capital that will begin to threaten our very survival," he added.

Britain's heir to the throne takes over the role at the WWF from Princess Alexandra, the queen's cousin, who held the post for almost 30 years.

His own father, Prince Philip, was the organisation's president in the 1980s and 90s before taking over the presidency of the WWF International.

Charles has been a long-time campaigner on green issues, provoking criticism from some observers who argue he is exploiting his status.

But he argued: "None of us must be afraid to stand up and be counted...

"Despite all the brickbats, all the doubts, all the despair at the state of the environment... I have learnt that when people come together, positive change is possible," he concluded.

  • zaatheist - 2011-09-09 20:44

    It is not often that Charles says anything of note but I do agree with him on this one. Of course human kind will never make the sacrifices necessary to reverse the inevitable slide to extinction as a species. Population growth has spiraled out of control and there are no viable programs to contain it in the future. On the other hand there are active forces at work, mainly religious, to keep the poor breeding and producing more converts.

      Tom - 2011-09-10 13:22

      How did you, by what was written in the article and said by Charlie get on the topic of religion? and to top it off 8 rocket scientist thought this was a marvelous comment,with there thumbs up. But while we're here what have you done for the poor lately? and please do tell me about how you pay your taxes.

      Leon Groenewald - 2011-09-11 19:01

      You agree with him or the guy who wrote the speech? Remember one thing; Charles is no idiot; but I would hardly call him or any or the other celebrities authorities in the field of climatology.

  • phillip.havenga - 2011-09-09 20:53

    Doos it has nothing to do with religion, but mankinds selfish me me me attititude!

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-09-09 21:20

      And the inability for humans to come to the realization that anything they do has any other effect on the planet except perfectly good effects. The thought that what they are doing might be harming the planet they "rule" doesn't figure in their heads, partly cause some of them believe the planet and they were made to rule over it as they are now and if they are damaging it then someone somewhere made a mistake. Humans are incapable of admitting that they are wrong up until the moment where irreparable damage is caused to either the environment or to the humans in the specific area where the damage has occurred. People WILL NOT wake up to the reality that we are ruining the planet until it is ruined, and they will get more and more violent in their denials (as i've seen in some of the people on this forum denying anything of the sort and what we've seen lately about climate scientists receiving death threats) RIGHT up until the damage is irreversible, then they'll wring their wrists, go "Why didn't we stop this sooner" and do their utmost to find someone to blame for it. I've personally given up hope. The bell curve speaks for itself in this regard, sadly.

  • Captainmorgan - 2011-09-09 20:59

    WOW Prince Charlie , how profound , did you think that up all by yourself , or did someone tell you what to say , you big DOOS

  • MonkeyBizz - 2011-09-09 21:21

    Blame it on capitalism mate of which you have build an empire upon!! So China feels it deserves the accord you had, as a matter of fact the rest of the developing feels that way. So how you going to stop it..?

  • Robert Hurn - 2011-09-09 21:42

    this F@##nut inner bread s@##h@#t does not care. All he wants is the crown. Sick of him and he and his mother killed the icon of live, Diana

      NuttyZA - 2011-09-10 09:42

      English not your strong point??

      Tom - 2011-09-10 13:32

      So really, how do you feel about the royals?

  • Doublepost - 2011-09-09 22:24

    Stop the third world breeding uncontrollably, stop illegal immigration into Western Countries and let the world solve its problems with a stable but educated population. If you keep letting people breed without thought then there is no reason to do anything. There are too few resources on this planet because there are too many people trying to gain them.

      Steve Wonderboy - 2011-09-10 10:59

      Firstly the birth rate is not the problem, but the cooperation between the have and the have nots. Secondly what gives any government the right to decide who can and cannot visit, or immigrate? As far as I am concerned this is God's planet and no man can tell another where he can or cannot go. I do understand the controlling of movement of criminals, but immigration rules are mainly racist. What makes a European more human than a South African? There is not too few resources. There is too little compassion though.

      Leon Groenewald - 2011-09-11 19:12

      @Steve Wonderboy - Steve, Wonder about you boy! You say the planet belongs to an invisible man that no one can prove even exists; then you continue with an argument that there is enough resources while people breed uncontrollably. The logic is astounding. Yes; perhaps one man having Billions and another nothing is a huge divide; but then on the other hand; you will also see that the billionaire used mental acuity and tons of hard work to gain what he has and the poor man generally sits in front of the bottle store begging for a handout. (There are exception; like Paris Hilton; but in general that is true. Less vultures around a carcass means every one present gets a bigger share of carrion - end of story. Stop breeding like rats!

      Steve Wonderboy - 2011-09-12 13:47

      An invisible man? Look around you. Do you truly believe all the order around you came from magic? That it all just mysteriously sprang up out of nothing with no source of origin? Considering the divide amongst those that have and those that don't, do you truly believe all the super rich honestly worked for what they have? I am of the opinion that with greater education, population rates will slow down naturally. Just because you are blind to the benefits of a growing population does not mean it does not have justification.

  • Mart - 2011-09-10 10:20

    The formula for saving our world and environment regrettably hinges on the reduction of the human population. Personally, as callous and unfeeling as this is, I think that HIV and AIDS is an opportunity that we are missing. This affliction will only be stamped out when everyone who has it dies. If we are to survive and progress as world we need to make some tough decisions and because HIV/AIDS is largely a self inflicted problem, we must use it to our advantage. Trying to keep the weak and terminally sick alive is unnatural. (I know it is extremely difficult to think like this if someone close to you is the victim, but we need to consider what is good for an individual is not necessarily good for the 'whole'.

  • Lex - 2011-09-10 12:53

    Humankind's demise is inevitable. We can't and won't learn from our mistakes, can't and won't curb population growth, can't and won't do enough to curb materialism. It's got nothing to do with religion, and nothing to do with education, and it's got nothing to do with capitalism or communism or socialism. We've drowned our sense of practicality and logic under a layer of selfish superiority.

  • vegetarian - 2011-09-11 20:17

    Leon Groenewald, racist pig

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