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'Think of your grandchildren as I think of mine' - Prince Charles pleads with world leaders to tackle global warming

Published 30/11/2015 | 09:57

United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres left, greets Britain's Prince Charles as he arrives for the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015
United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres left, greets Britain's Prince Charles as he arrives for the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015

The Prince of Wales has told world leaders that humanity faces no greater threat than climate change, as he issued a rallying call for immediate action to tackle rising temperatures.

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Charles urged the leaders and negotiators in Paris for the start of crucial UN talks to "think of your grandchildren, as I think of mine", the billions of people without a voice and the youngest generation, as they try to secure a new global deal.

Charles began his keynote speech in the French capital by expressing, in French, his profound horror at the terror attacks two weeks ago which killed 130 people, and his untold sympathy for the grieving families and loved ones of those who died.

"My heart is with the courageous French people in their hour of anguish," he said in French.

The Prince then told the summit: "Rarely in human history have so many people around the world placed their trust in so few.

"Your deliberations over the next two weeks will decide the fate not only of those alive today, but also of generations yet unborn."

Over the next fortnight negotiators from 195 countries will attempt to hammer out a deal that will put the world on a path to prevent temperatures rising by more than 2C above pre-industrial levels and avoid dangerous climate change.

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