Prince Charles urges conservation

2011-11-06 07:34

Cape Town - Britain's Prince Charles took a break from sight-seeing in South Africa on Saturday to deliver a call to save the planet's natural resources.

Speaking on the last full day of his South Africa tour with wife Camilla, Charles said an "unholy combination" of climate change, increasing food demand and intensifying urban development is jeopardising the planet's health.

"There is mounting evidence that, worldwide, we cannot carry on as we have been without suffering some very painful consequences," he said in a speech at the University of Cape Town.

"There is a growing mismatch between what we demand of the Earth's resources and the ability of nature's systems to respond."

The prince's call to action comes three weeks before the next round of UN climate talks kicks off in Durban, South Africa.

He quipped that his hosts must be either "kind or rash" to invite him to talk climate change on the eve of the meeting.

Earlier, Charles visited a sustainable fisheries project while Camilla attended a literacy event in a poor township neighbourhood.

Their visit has also taken them to landmarks of the anti-apartheid struggle in Johannesburg and a game reserve in KwaZulu-Natal province.

They will attend a church service Sunday in Cape Town before leaving for Tanzania.

  • Sue - 2011-11-06 07:51

    Alough not a particular fan of Charles I have to agree with him on this one.

  • John - 2011-11-06 08:22

    Prince Charles is short sighted, perhaps blind? "climate change, increasing food demand and intensifying urban development is jeopardising the planet's health." Gangster governments like the ANC in South Africa are aggravating climate change, are destroying food production with theft of farms, and are intensifying urban development by giving people who have a country house, a town house. What are you doing about these gangsters in South Africa, and World wide?

      John - 2011-11-06 11:29

      If I go squat in the country side, an homeland for example, will I get an RDP house there?

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2011-11-06 08:50

    Charles, you can talk as much as you like but human greed will previal. Sad, but this train is unstoppable - I'll likely be gone before the end comes, but its not too far off. Humans are too selfish to do anything to stop their own self destruction.

      Hat3d - 2011-11-06 09:13

      Very true, everyone is in it for themselves. As long as the big corporates and billionaires run the world they will do everything to prevent harm to the bottom line, ensure oil spins the world, pollute to save a dollar, pay the salaries of politicians not to change the rules, tell the media and researchers what to say to the masses...

      pauline.vdmerwe - 2011-11-06 09:13

      It is a sad scenario indeed but that doesn't mean we should stop trying.At least Prince Charles is increasing awareness, which does mean a lot. The scale might just tip someday ... we never know.

  • Nibiru - 2011-11-06 10:51

    Hey Charlie I'm all ears

  • adrian.piers - 2011-11-06 22:41

    What claptrap from someone who jets around the world burning thousands of tons of jet fuel for his own personal travel! Charlie, YOU are making the climate change. And what are you doing to justify it? Talking your usual crap about organic farming?

  • adrian.piers - 2011-11-06 22:59

    Yes Charlie, but you will not be one of the ones suffering the "painful consequences", will you?

  • William - 2011-11-07 04:31

    Its a fact that this family and its colonialistic wealth grab is responsible for the wildlife mess in Africa. Their mates and in bred family went on a killing spree right across Africa that descimated all major wild life species. I have seen photos of King Edward who shot 6 lions in one hunt, yes in Aulgulahs and yes in one sitting. So mass murders please stay at home and mid you own business. Surely the Queen should be arrested on Genocide charges. Really just think of their history around the world. The Royal family should STFUP and stay in England

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