Prince Charles trips before speech at Cop26 climate summit

"Here, we need a vast military-style campaign to marshal the strength of the global private sector.
Prince Charles trips before speech at Cop26 climate summit
Prince Charles has helped to open the Cop26 climate summit (Picture: AP)

Heir apparent to the British throne, Prince Charles opened the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow on a slippery note as he nearly tripped while approaching the lectern for his big speech.

UK Metro reports that Charles quickly regained his composure before falling in front of cameras.

The Prince of Wales however didn't allow the near fall to cloud his speech as he spoke about the urgency of the environmental problems the world faces.

He also told the hundreds of delegates from around the world, that a ‘vast military-style campaign’ is needed to tackle environmental problems.

"The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us just how devastating a global cross-border threat can be,’ Charles said.

"Climate change and biodiversity loss are no different – in fact, they pose an even greater existential threat, to the extent that we have to put ourselves on what might be called a war-like footing.

"We know this will take trillions, not billions, of dollars,’ the prince said.

"We also know that countries, many of whom are burdened by growing 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 respect, beyond even the governments of the world’s leaders – it offers the only real prospect of achieving fundamental economic transition."

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