Queen Elizabeth II expressed her irritation at world leaders ‘talking’ about climate change ‘but not taking action’ in a private conversation about COP26 captured on Thursday, on the sidelines of a speech in the Welsh Parliament .
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As she opened the new session of the Welsh Parliament on Thursday, the 95-year-old monarch was heard, because of her microphone remained on, go out of her usual reserve during a discussion with the President of the Parliament, Elin Jones : “Extraordinary, isn’t it? Heard about the COP … I still don’t know who’s coming. No idea.”
“We only know the people who don’t come… It’s really irritating when they talk, but they don’t act,” she then continued.
Among the leaders who have not yet confirmed their presence at the UN climate summit, which will take place for two weeks in Glasgow (Scotland), from October 31, we find Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Prince Charles, son of the Queen and longtime environmental activist, earlier this week called on leaders to “act on the ground”. Prince William, his grandson, second in line to the British throne, also intervened, asking for more than “fine words”.
The Duke of Cambridge attacked the race for space tourism on Thursday, saying that “the greatest brains and minds in this world [devraient] trying, above all, to repair this planet, ”the day after the star-strek star William Shatner’s journey of a few minutes into space aboard a Blue Origin rocket.
The Speaker of the Welsh Parliament has spoken with the Queen about this rare frontal attack by Prince William, which has been criticized by some. “Yes I have read [des choses] on that, ”replied Elizabeth II, smiling.
The Queen, Charles and William are all due to attend the events of COP26. Participants will try to persuade major developing economies to do more to reduce their carbon emissions, and get rich countries to unlock billions more to help poorer countries adapt to climate change.