At the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, held in Brazil, the Prince of Wales expressed concerns about the possible "catastrophic" consequences of inaction on climate change.
In a video, Prince Charles said in despair watching the leisurely progress on "critical issues of our time." He called on world leaders to adopt a more integrated approach to issues such as climate change and food security. Waiting for serious consequences, you might miss the moment and will be too late to act, the prince said. He also added that there were scientific evidence of potential consequences of ignoring risks.
At Rio +20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, attended by heads of states, government officials, non-governmental organizations and private companies.
— It seems that we, like a sleepwalker, unable to wake up and realize the fact that the mass of the catastrophic consequences of the traditional approach to the economy bore down on us faster than we expected, plunging millions of people into poverty and dangerously weakening the global security in terms of food, water and energy, — complains Prince.
— One thing is clear. We need to have as much information about the actual state of the planet. We have enough knowledge on which we could make the best decision in the long term. As long as this information we do not, we subject ourselves to increasing the risk of serious policy changes that are not well thought-out solutions, and a panic reaction to the crisis, which could have been avoided.
According to Prince, "open skepticism reluctance" of some deal with these issues often lead to impotence progress "to a standstill." Pointing to his work of the International Panel for Sustainable Development, Prince Charles came to the conclusion that prior to direct policy in a more effective direction, to get a more complete picture of the environmental problems.
There is no time
The Prince of Wales believes that the data on the state of energy and water resources, biodiversity, forests and soils, collected separately, must be integrated and analyzed as a whole.
— If this is achieved, then we, at least, we have the information about the real state of things, and to act in accordance with it.
He went on to say:
— We have a little time to get a comprehensive picture, so I would like to turn to you with a proposal to put more concerted effort to convince policy makers and those who make decisions, take action before it is too late. Probably the feature of human nature is that we begin to act only when there was irreparable, but it is not a trait that we can afford at this time. If the worst predictions come true, it's too late to do anything.
The conference marks the 20th anniversary of the UN Conference on Environment and Development held in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city in Brazil.