Queen Elizabeth Urges Climate Action in COP26 Video

The 95-year-old monarch gave her address by video, after doctors advised her to rest and not go to the summit. Prince Charles attended and delivered a similar message.,

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Queen Elizabeth, calling for statesmanship, not politics, said ‘the time for action’ is now.

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Queen Elizabeth Urges Leaders to ‘Rise Above the Politics’ at COP26

The queen delivered her address by video, after doctors advised her not to travel to the conference. Prince Charles attended and reminded leaders that “the eyes and hopes of the world are upon you.”

“None of us underestimates the challenges ahead. But history has shown that when nations come together in common cause, there is always room for hope. Working side by side, we have the ability to solve the most insurmountable problems and to triumph over the greatest of adversities. It has sometimes been observed that what leaders do for their people today is government and politics. But what they do for the people of tomorrow, that is statesmanship. I, for one, hope that this conference will be one of those rare occasions where everyone will have the chance to rise above the politics of the moment and achieve true statesmanship.” “I know you all carry a heavy burden on your shoulders, and you do not need me to tell you that the eyes and hopes of the world are upon you to act with all dispatch and decisively because time has quite literally run out. My plea today is for countries to come together to create the environment that enables every sector of industry to take the action required.”

The queen delivered her address by video, after doctors advised her not to travel to the conference. Prince Charles attended and reminded leaders that “the eyes and hopes of the world are upon you.”CreditCredit…Pool Photo by Alberto Pezzali

Published Nov. 1, 2021Updated Nov. 2, 2021, 4:59 a.m. ET

Queen Elizabeth II, absent from the climate summit because of health concerns but not silent, urged world leaders on Monday to rise above their current political differences and show true statesmanship for the sake of the planet.

In a video message to the COP26 gathering in Glasgow, the 95-year-old monarch said that nations had overcome insurmountable problems and adversity throughout history by cooperating.

“It has sometimes been observed that what leaders do for their people today is government and politics,” she said. “But what they do for the people of tomorrow — that is statesmanship.”

The queen, wearing green and a butterfly brooch, had canceled her visit to Scotland on the advice of doctors because of what Buckingham Palace described as fatigue.

She said that the environment had been a subject “close to the heart” of her late husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April. Calling for world leaders to find common ground, she said that “the time for words has now moved to the time for action.”

“Of course, the benefits of such actions will not be there to enjoy for all of us here today,” she said. “None of us will live forever. But we are doing this not for ourselves, but for our children and our children’s children, and those who will follow in their footsteps.”

The queen said that the environmental work of her late husband lived on through her eldest grandson, Prince William, and eldest son, Prince Charles, who, addressing world leaders on Monday at the summit, called for “a military-style campaign” to combat climate change.

Charles’s remarks built on comments on Sunday at the Group of 20 summit in Rome, where he described the conference as “the last-chance saloon” to avoid the most severe effects from climate change.

“The future of humanity and nature herself is at stake,” said Charles, the Prince of Wales and heir to the British throne.

“It is also impossible not to hear the despairing voices of young people who see you, ladies and gentlemen, as the stewards of the planet holding the viability of their future in your hands,” he told world leaders assembled in Rome. He reminded them that they had an “overwhelming responsibility to generations yet unborn.”

He said that adequately addressing climate change would require “trillions of dollars of investment every year to create the necessary new infrastructure and meet the vital 1.5 degree climate target that will save our forests and farms, our oceans and wildlife.”

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