King Charles delivered a powerful address at COP28, stating that the “hope of the world” relies on the upcoming climate talks in Dubai. The monarch emphasized the critical need for global leaders to take immediate and transformative action to address the climate crisis.
Speaking to a distinguished audience of over 1,000 heads of state and dignitaries, King Charles warned that the world is significantly off course in achieving a sustainable future for the climate. He described the current choices as “starker and darker,” emphasizing the urgent need for a zero-carbon future.
Addressing the ongoing environmental experiment with escalating global temperatures, the King stressed the importance of not exceeding nature’s limits. He called for a collective effort to be both zero-carbon and nature-positive.
Despite a brewing royal controversy back home, King Charles, a lifelong environmentalist, was the first foreign head of state to address the COP28 summit. He highlighted the trillions of dollars needed for a societal transformation to combat climate change, emphasizing the collaboration of public, private, philanthropic, and NGO sectors.
The monarch’s speech, a culmination of decades of dedication to environmental issues, urged world leaders to view COP28 as a critical turning point for transformative action. He concluded by emphasizing the long-term consequences of today’s decisions on future generations and called for ambition, imagination, and a true sense of urgency.
World leaders present, including Emmanuel Macron, Narendra Modi, Rishi Sunak, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, witnessed the King’s call for unity and decisive action. The COP28 summit aims to address the pressing challenges posed by climate change, with around 160 world leaders scheduled to address the gathering over two days.