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The Prince of Wales says he understands frustrations of climate change protestors

Prince Charles talks about the environment at Birkhall
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Prince Charles has said he understands why climate change protesters are driven to act but says they need to find a way to make their actions more constructive.

Speaking to the BBC’s Justin Rowlatt, the heir to the throne said ”all these young feel nothing is every happening so of course they are going to get frustrated. I totally understand.”

However, the Prince went on to say ”it isn’t helpful, I don’t think, to do it in a way that alienates people so I totally understand the frustration, the difficulty is, how do you direct that frustration in a way that is more constructive rather than destructive. I mean the point is that people should really notice how despairing so many young are.”

His comments come after several high profile protests blocking big roads in the UK by groups including Insulate Britain. Extinction Rebellion has also held major demonstrations in parts of the UK, drawing criticism from some for the disruption that’s resulted.

The Prince of Wales was also speaking ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow which he and several other senior members of the Royal Family will attend. When Justin Rowlatt mentioned that world leaders would be gathering there to talk about the kind of issues that Charles has been championing for years, the heir to the throne replied ”but they just talk and the problem is to get action.”

And when asked whether the UK government was doing enough to make things happen, the Prince replied ”I couldn’t possibly comment” with a smile.

The full interview can be seen on the BBC.

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