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Prince Charles announces ‘Terra Carta’ to the world

HRH The Prince of Wales flexes his green credentials, calling for a Terra Carta, to protect the planet for future generations.

It’s not everyday that a future king becomes the topic of discussion, when it comes to environmental matters, but HRH The Prince of Wales is noted for being concerned about the future of the planet.

Following in the footsteps of a distant ancestor, King John, who signed the seminal Magna Carta or ‘Great Charter’, HRH The Prince of Wales has called for an ‘Earth Charter’, christened Terra Carta. The Prince, who is first in line to the throne in the UK, announced the Terra Carta, ahead of a virtual address as part of a One Planet Summit.

A royal touch

The Prince of Wales is no stranger to speaking out about his concerns for the planet. In 1970, when he was in his mid-twenties, the Prince made a famous speech about greenhouse gases, the fear of overpopulation and oil pollution in the seas. In later life, he admitted that he was ‘considered rather dotty’ for showing this concern, despite it being valid.

Over half a century later, the Prince was addressing a virtual audience at the One Planet Summit, having unveiled Terra Carta mere hours before. It is intended as the basis of a recovery plan, for ‘Nature, People and Planet’, to arrest the extinction of endangered species, and to quicken the pace of achieving a more sustainable economic model.

It is critical that we accelerate and mainstream sustainability into every aspect of our economy

– HRH The Prince of Wales

The ambitious plan is a roadmap to 2030, indicating how to create sustainable industries, highlighting the important role consumers play and the need for greater consumer awareness. Not only that, but the Terra Carta document proceeds to explore areas where innovations could be made, to help the world transition towards a lower carbon footprint.

At the heart of the document, there is an urgent call for greater investment in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), to achieve the innovations of the future.

The Sustainable Markets Initiative

The Prince of Wales announced the creation of the Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI) at the Davos Summit in January 2020, actively using it to try and support the key actors who play their part in ensuring more sustainable practices, whether they be consumers, investors, or communities as a whole.

Terra Carta is a document presented by the SMI, written for the consideration of policy makers and especially private business interests, those with the means to implement the changes necessary to innovate. Using 2030 as a target for shifting towards a greener world economy is significant, as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimated that global carbon emissions had to peak in 2020, in order to ensure that global temperatures rise by no more than 1.5 degrees by 2100, as compared to pre-industrial levels.

Making the 2020s a decade of change for the better could be precisely the approach required to ensure that we get closer to achieving a substantial reduction in emissions, but as with a lot of things in life, only time will tell.

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