Friday, July 10, 2009

Prince Charles embraces POLAR CITIES, says "Just 96 months to save world" and then it's polar cities, here we come!

Prince Charles embraces POLAR CITIES, says "Just 96 months to save world" and then it's polar cities, here we come!

9 July 3009

Capitalism and consumerism have brought the world to the brink of economic and environmental collapse, the Prince of Wales has warned in a grandstand speech which set out his concerns for the future of the planet, including his view that polar cities will very likely be needed to serve as safe refuges for survivors of climate change chaos "after the deluge," so to speak.

The heir to the throne told an audience of industrialists and environmentalists at St James's Palace last night that he had calculated that we have just 96 months left to save the world. And after that, he implied, polar cities will be needed for "breeding pairs" in the Arctic, words first spoken by his boon companion James Lovelock.

And in a searing indictment on capitalist society, Charles said we can no longer afford consumerism and that the "age of convenience" was over.

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The Prince, who has spoken passionately about the environment before, said that if the world failed to heed his warnings then we all faced the "nightmare that for so many of us now looms on the horizon".

Charles's speech was described as his first attempt to present a coherent philosophy in which he placed the threat to the environment in the context of a failing economic system.

The Prince, who is advised by the leading environmentalists Jonathon Porritt and Tony Juniper, said that even the economist Adam Smith, father of modern capitalism, had been aware of the short-comings of unfettered materialism.

Delivering the annual Richard Dimbleby lecture, Charles said that without "coherent financial incentives and disincentives" we have just 96 months to avert "irretrievable climate and ecosystem collapse, and all that goes with it."

Charles has recently courted controversy by intervening in planning disputes, most notably the battle over the Chelsea Barracks design in London. It is also known that he writes privately to ministers when he wishes to put his concerns on record.

Now, he seems more willing to embrace much wider political issues in a much more public forum.

He confided last night: "We face the dual challenges of a world view and an economic system that seem to have enormous shortcomings, together with an environmental crisis – including that of climate change – which threatens to engulf us all."

Despite his attack on the materialism of the modern age, the Prince has been criticised for his own indulgences, including dozens of staff to run his homes and hundreds of thousands of pounds spent travelling around the world. While his private estates on the Duchy of Cornwall generate record profits his tax bill was lower than the year before.

Last night the Prince said: "But for all its achievements, our consumerist society comes at an enormous cost to the Earth and we must face up to the fact that the Earth cannot afford to support it. Just as our banking sector is struggling with its debts – and paradoxically also facing calls for a return to so-called 'old-fashioned', traditional banking – so Nature's life-support systems are failing to cope with the debts we have built up there too.

"If we don't face up to this, then Nature, the biggest bank of all, could go bust. And no amount of quantitative easing will revive it."


Anonymous said...

Judging by the date of this blog (9 July 3009) we all survived. Phew!

dan said...

Anon, you are the first one to notice the date. And yes, we did survive, that is my optimism coming out there.....barely, about 200,000 of us survived, breeding pairs in the arctic, as Lovelock said, but we did survive and we repopulated and all is okay by them but it's a way different world . i love your sense of humour! me too, i got one. need one, right? if interestined email offline at to continue chat.... my main thing is polar cities:
for the 3009 year survivors. smile