“Do we want to make history as people who did nothing to bring the world back from the brink in time to restore balance when we could have? he declared. told the audience at the 50th annual WEF meeting.
“And think for a moment – what good is all the extra wealth in the world, gained through ‘business as usual,’ if there is nothing you can do with it but watch it burn in catastrophic conditions? “
Speaking later, President Donald Trump – who withdrew the United States from the 2015 Paris climate agreement – signed a global initiative to plant 1,000 billion trees, but called activists of the climate of “eternal prophets of doom” and “heirs of yesterday”. foolish fortune tellers. ”He said breakthroughs resulting from dynamic market economies could solve any problem.
“She’s remarkable, she’s one of the main reasons I’ve tried to put all of this effort all these years,” he told CNN. “I’ve always worried that so often, in terms of humanity, we leave things too late, so you’ve got to run up against a brick wall and go through a disaster before anything happens.”
The Prince of Wales used Wednesday’s speech to launch its “Sustainable Markets Initiative”. He said urgent action was needed to reconfigure markets to place people and the planet “at the heart of global value creation”.
Britain’s next head of state, who gave his first environmental speech in 1968, said bold and imaginative action was needed to tackle the greatest threat humanity has ever faced. He presented a 10 point plan to put the natural world at the heart of the business world.
“Nature’s contribution to the global economy is estimated at $ 125 trillion per year,” he said. “Nature is, in fact, the lifeblood of our financial markets and, as such, we must – quickly – realign our own economy to mimic nature’s economy and work in harmony with it.”
Prince Charles said he would convene a series of talks across a range of industries with innovators, investors and policymakers to help design a new course and form a global alliance to mobilize the trillions of dollars needed to get the economy “back on track.” path.”
“I intend to do everything possible to ensure that the message of urgency, of systemic change, of collaboration and of inclusion is heard,” he said. “We just can’t waste any more time – the only limit is our willingness to act, and the time to act is now.”