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Charles: “Military-style campaign” needed to save planet

The UK’s Prince Charles has said that a “vast, military-style campaign” is needed to combat climate change, calling for a “fundamental economic transition.”

The remarks were made at the UN’s COP26 climate change meeting in Glasgow, Scotland.

“My plea today is for countries to come together to create the environment that enables every sector of industry to take the action required,” said the British royal.

“We know this will take trillions, not billions of dollars. 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 martial 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.”

Many social media users were critical of the comments, including news site and aggregator

“Military campaign means top-down planning, executing, controlling,” they wrote in a tweet with over 4000 likes.

“Communist economic system: Planned by a central authority and organized along a top-down chain of command.”

Another user tweeted a meme with over 1000 likes featuring Indiana Jones swapping out Covid for climate change.

Yet another individual sarcastically joked that Charles would be giving up his royal lifestyle in an effort to fight climate change.

“Prince Charles also announced that to set an example of low energy living for the world, he and Camilla will be renouncing their wealth and moving into a 1-bedroom flat in Slough,” they said.

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