King Charles “still cares deeply about the planet” and hopes to attend the “COP27 summit” in Egypt – after 50 years of fighting climate change
- King Charles is reportedly meeting with Liz Truss to discuss attending COP27
- The then Prince of Wales addressed the opening ceremony of COP26
- Charles has long been committed to reducing the impact of climate change
King Charles, a keen environmentalist, is reportedly hoping to attend Egypt’s COP27 summit in November, although he is now the monarch.
In his role as the Prince of Wales, Charles often advocated for conservation and campaigned for action to be taken to combat global warming and climate change. However, now that he has ascended the throne, he is expected to remain somewhat more neutral on political and social issues.
However, the Evening Standard reports that the new king will meet with Prime Minister Liz Truss to decide whether he can attend the COP27 summit on November 6-18 – a year after he spoke at COP26 in Glasgow.
The king is said to be keen to attend the COP27 summit in Egypt in November after his opening speech at last year’s meeting in Glasgow
The newspaper reported that environmental issues are very close to the hearts of both the King and William, Prince of Wales.
“That won’t change now [Charles] is king,” a source told the publication.
“But the King, as head of state, will seek clarification on his possible attendance from the Prime Minister before making a decision on COP27.”
While it is not typical for a reigning monarch to meddle in political and social affairs, Her late Majesty delivered a speech at the Glasgow Summit last year via video.
She urged world leaders to act now, “for our children and grandchildren.”
The King and Prince of Wales (pictured at COP26 in Glasgow November 2021) are both keen environmentalists
The Queen also praised her family’s work on environmental issues.
“It fills me with great pride that the leadership role my husband played in encouraging people to protect our fragile planet lives on through the work of our eldest son Charles and his eldest son William,” she said.
“I couldn’t be prouder of her.”
At the opening ceremony of the summit, Charles delivered a speech that referred to the Covid-19 pandemic as an example of a cross-border crisis that has the potential to turn life around.
He said: “I can only urge you, as world leaders, to find practical ways to bridge differences so that we can all work together to save this precious planet and save the threatened future of our young people.” . ‘
The King’s commitment to tackling climate change is often evident in his own personal life.
At his beloved Highgrove House, His Majesty has an organic farm and garden that is open to the public. It is also believed that around 90% of the energy used in the office and private life of the then Prince of Wales came from sustainable sources.
During last year’s summit in Glasgow, the Queen addressed world leaders in a pre-recorded video statement urging leaders to act on climate change
In recent years, the monarch has also published its annual carbon footprint for transparency.
In an interview with the BBC last year, the monarch also confirmed that his Aston Martin, which he has owned for around half a century, has been modified into The King’s Aston Martin, which he has owned for half a century, so now with excess English white wine and whey, which is produced during cheese production.
In the same interview, he added: “The risks are now so great that if you don’t take the right steps it will be catastrophic. It’s already starting to get catastrophic.’
As King Charles ascends the throne, plans emerge that show a somewhat reformed monarchy in Britain.
The king is expected to opt for a reduced coronation ceremony amid a cost of living crisis that has hit many families hard. It is also expected that the new Prince of Wales will hold a smaller investiture ceremony to formalize his new role.