Prince Charles appeared on the BBC’s Big Interviews this morning to discuss the environment and what people can do to reduce their carbon footprint. The Prince of Wales has a long history of environmental and sustainability advocacy and has appeared on the BBC program to discuss what people can do to change their diet to save the planet. Prince Charles said, âThe business of what we eat is obviously important.
âFor years I haven’t eaten meat or fish two days a week and I don’t eat dairy products one day a week.
âWell, I mean, that’s one way of doing it – doing more would take a lot of the strain off the environment and everything else.
âBecause you see that the meat thing is very important – where does it come from, how is it grown?
âSo if it’s grass-based and from the right breeds, you know if it’s better quality but eaten less – this approach to agriculture is less harmful than the industrialized, all-intensive approach, and it causes tremendous pressure and damage. “
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The prince admitted how difficult it is for most people to reduce their carbon footprint.
He said he changed his diet to reduce his impact on the environment and urged others to do the same.
Not eating meat and fish two days a week, and not eating dairy products another day, the prince believes this is a good approach to helping the environment.
The Prince of Wales also told the BBC he understands why activists from organizations like Extinction Rebellion take to the streets to call for action on climate change.
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However, he said measures like blocking roads were “not helpful”.
But Charles said he fully understood the âfrustrationâ of climate activists.
The prince warned royal observers of the “catastrophic” effects if more ambitious measures were not taken against climate change.
In the gardens of his home in Birkhall on the Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire, the prince said it was taking too long for the world to wake up to the risks of climate change.
Prince Charles also claimed he was concerned that world leaders would “only talk” when they meet in Glasgow in November for a major UN climate change conference.
“The problem is taking action on the ground,” he said.
When asked if he sympathized with Greta Thunberg, the Prince of Wales said: âOf course I do, yes.
âAll of these young people feel like nothing ever happens, so naturally they get frustrated.
“I totally understand because nobody would listen and they see that their future is totally ruined.”
When asked if the UK government is doing enough to combat climate change, the prince replied, “I can’t possibly comment.”
The interview took place in Prince George’s Wood, a garden that the Prince of Wales planted in the Birkhall Gardens on the Balmoral Estate.
He planted the first tree when Prince George, his eldest grandchild, was born.