Prince Charles will say that the need to tackle global warming is more urgent than ever before and that, even in a global recession, the world must not lose sight of the “bigger picture”.
His warning will be delivered on Thursday in a keynote speech in Rio de Janeiro.
Aides believe it will echo one he gave in Sao Paulo in 1991 at the start of the last recession, when he warned that caring for the world’s long term welfare must not become a “luxury”.
The intervention will help to put the environment at the top of the political agenda ahead of the meeting of G20 leaders in London next month.
The Prince starts a ten-day tour of South America today during which he will be playing an elevated role as an international statesman working on behalf of the Government to support British interests on key issues.
Senior sources have revealed that Gordon Brown’s Government wants to make more use on the foreign stage of Prince Charles’s experience, expertise and contacts, particularly on climate change.
Government officials believe that the Prince’s passion to protect the environment is hugely respected abroad and that he can play an increasing important role as he inevitably moves closer to becoming king.
Some believe he is an “asset” that has been underused in the past and they want to use him more in a role of “soft diplomacy”.
In Thursday’s speech, the Prince will warn that a failure to act in the next eight years will have catastrophic effects for the planet.
It is amazing that the leftists will listen to people like Prince Charles and Al Gore about climate related issues when neither have any formal background in the sciences. They both are just politicians with agendas, who are given the bully-pulpit of the mainstream media to spread their religion of cataclysmic enviromentalism.