Prince Charles Gets Political on Syria and Climate Change

By Gary Cutlack on at

That man who might be king one day has given a rare TV interview to Sky, which is being sold under the tabloidy title of Climate Crisis: Prince Charles Speaks Out.

And yes, he does speak out. The programme airs tonight, with the prince using his clout to get his ideas across ahead of the COP21 climate summit that's taking place next week. The key idea he'd like to get across -- and the one publicised by Sky probably because it's the most incendiary -- is that it's climate change that's responsible for the Syrian refugee crisis.

Charles told Sky that: "...there's very good evidence indeed that one of the major reasons for this horror in Syria, funnily enough, was a drought that lasted for about five or six years, which meant that huge numbers of people in the end had to leave the land."

And he thinks it's a crisis that could've been averted had climate concerns been addressed more promptly, explaining: "We're seeing a classic case of not dealing with the problem, because, I mean, it sounds awful to say, but some of us were saying 20 years ago that if we didn't tackle these issues, you would see ever greater conflict over scarce resources and ever greater difficulties over drought, and the accumulating effect of climate change, which means that people have to move."

He's quite worried indeed, stressing: "The difficulties in 2008 with the financial crash -- that was a banking crisis. But we're now facing a real possibility of nature's bank going bust." [Sky News]