World gears up for Copenhagen as climate change accelerates beyond expectations
The Prince will use this opportunity to highlight that the future of mankind can only be assured if a consensus is forged on how to integrate economic development with a real understanding of the ecological carrying capacity of the planet. This is the fundamental requirement of any solution to climate change and must be built on a public, private and NGO sector partnership. HRH will stress the urgent need to find a way to live as part of, rather then apart from, Nature.
Elsewhere, IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri said: “If there’s no action before 2012, that’s too late. What we do in the next two to three years will determine our future. This is the defining moment.”
Peter Ainsworth, UK MP and Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Environment said; “The Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen will be seen by our children as a defining moment. Will we, in this generation, have the courage to take the action at home and across the globe which is needed in order to ensure economic, social and environmental wellbeing? This is not about saving the planet – the planet can look after itself – it’s about saving what passes for civilisation. I f we look for a single solution to the challenge of climate change, we will look in vain. There are millions of solutions: in our homes; in the workplace; in government policies; and in emerging technologies and enterprise. But beyond the complexity of all of that there remains the simple fact that if we continue to destroy the rainforests our other efforts will fail."
Botanic gardens can use their incredible outreach to educate people that climate change is a fact, a process already underway, not some sort of speculation or proposition of faith, and that it is possible to simultaneously transition to a low carbon economy and enhance our way of life. Of course, plants are part of the solution in so many ways and we must be their advocates!