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In his first speech as the head of the Worldwide Wildlife Fund UK, Prince Charles warned of a mass human extinction if dramatic steps aren't taken to reduce the world's consumption of natural resources. According to an article in The Telegraph, the Prince of Wales said, somewhat jokingly, that he too was an endangered species.
The Telegraph reports that Prince Charles didn't mince words when describing the state of the environment and how the planet as we know it is entering a mass extinction that could only be matched but that of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
Prince Charles spoke eloquently on the subject:
"History will not judge us by how much economic growth we achieve in the immediate years ahead, nor by how much we expand material consumption, but by the legacy for our grandchildren and their grandchildren," he said. "We are consuming what is rightfully theirs by sacrificing long-term progress on the altar of immediate satisfaction. That is hardly responsible behaviour. There is an urgent need for all of us to concentrate our efforts on sustaining, nurturing and protecting the Earth's natural capital and, moreover, reshaping our economic system so that Nature sits at the very heart of our thinking."
He also commented that the triple threat of climate change, rainforest destruction, and dwindling fish stocks make this a "crucial moment" for the organization and the movement.
Of late, the Prince hasn't been shy about calling out skeptics and climate change deniers while using his position as a platform to raise awareness for rainforest preservation. But this speech, given at St. James Palace in London, is still likely to turn heads.
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