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AUDIO: ABC Radio talks with Prince Charles about Paris UN Climate Conference

Hear-This-wayPrince Charles to attend Paris climate change summit, ……http://www.logo Paris ABC Radio The World Today Lisa Millar reported this story on Friday, October 30, 2015

 KIM LANDERS: Prince Charles has announced he’ll be attending the UN climate talks in Paris to urge leaders to send an unequivocal message to the world. With a month to go, organisers of the talks say there still some thorny issues to be thrashed out but they’re confident of an agreement. What they’re desperate to do is avoid the failures of Copenhagen where hopes were raised and negotiations then collapsed.

Europe correspondent Lisa Millar reports.

LISA MILLAR: More than 80 world leaders have confirmed they will be in Paris on November the 30th for the opening session.

The French President has asked them to arrive at the start of the 12 day summit, rather than the end, hoping that change of tactic will help avoid the shambles seen in Copenhagen.

Prince Charles has announced he’s accepting an invitation to speak on the first day.

PRINCE CHARLES: Paris will be an absolutely crucial milestone, as you all know better than I, in the long overdue international effort to keep to a two degree world.

Although I think that everyone realises that this cop will be the beginning of a new phase in the process, not, not the end in itself.

It must, however, send an unequivocal long-term signal to the international community and to global markets that the transition to a low carbon, sustainable climate-compatible economy is firmly and irreversibly underway.

LISA MILLAR: The Prince of Wales has been an environmental advocate for more than 40 years, and has long argued that profound changes are needed to save the planet from the risks of global warming.

Between now and Paris, he’ll be visiting New Zealand and Australia, and meeting Commonwealth heads of government in Malta.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will have plenty of opportunities to receive the climate warning firsthand from the heir to the throne.

PRINCE CHARLES: The two degree world is therefore still, just, if we stretch every sinew, by setting a proper price for carbon, within reach.

It seems to me that we must build on all that has been achieved to date by establishing a whole new set of strong partnerships for action between forest countries and regions, donor governments, civil society and the private sector.

The policy and governance drive to reduce deforestation can come only from forest countries, with the benefits being of almost incalculable value both locally and globally. ……

October 31, 2015 - Posted by | Audiovisual

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