Fury after Prince Charles flew 16,000 miles in private jets before climate change lecture

Fury after Prince Charles flew 16,000 miles in private jets before climate change lecture

During his Davos address the Prince called for “bold and imaginative action” to combat climate change. However according to the Mail on Sunday he undertook three trips by private jet, and one by private helicopter, in the days before his speech.

The newspaper also alleges Prince Charles left Davos for Israel by another private aircraft after his address.

Whilst in Davos, where much of the world’s elite gather each year, Prince Charles was also photographed with teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg.

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday a Clarence House spokesman defended the Prince’s use of private jets.

He commented: “Global travel is an inescapable part of The Prince’s role as a senior member of the Royal Family representing the UK overseas.

“When he travels he does so at the request of the British Government.

“He does not choose the destinations any more than he chooses the means by which the journeys are undertaken.

“In these recent cases, The Prince was travelling to destinations where security and time restrictions were the major factors that dictated how arrangements had to be made.”

During his Davos speech Prince Charles spoke at length about the threat climate change poses to humanity.

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He also travelled to Zurich, Switzerland, for the Davos summit by private jet from Scotland.

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday Muna Suleiman, from charity Friends of the Earth, condemned the Prince’s behaviour.

She commented: “Climate targets can’t be met without cutting pollution from aviation emissions, and private jets are a particularly wasteful, polluting way to travel.”

Prince Charles isn’t the only royal who has come under criticism for travelling by private jet whilst giving warnings on climate change. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are both vocal on environmental issues and repeatedly spoken out on climate change.

Speaking after he launched an eco-tourism project in September, the Duke of Sussex explained the “simple” reason he would fly using a private jet.

He said: “I came here by commercial. I spend 99 percent of my life travelling the world by commercial.

“Occasionally there needs to be an opportunity based on a unique circumstance to ensure my family are safe and it’s genuinely as simple as that.

“But, as I said in my speech, for me…if I have to do that, it is not a decision that I want to take, but if I have to do that, then I will ensure, as I have done previously, and as I will continue to make sure that I do, that I balance out that impact that I have.”

He added: “I have always offset my Co2. I think part of the group discussion that we had earlier is ‘what is offsetting Co2′.

“There are so many people out there that hear about it, that don’t know about it. In my mind, it is the right thing to do.”

Published at Sun, 26 Jan 2020 01:29:00 +0000