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Prince Charles says he ‘totally understands’ frustrations of climate protesters

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Prince Charles says he ‘totally understands’ frustrations of climate protesters

Prince Charles of Wales has said he understands why campaigners from organisations such as Extinction Rebellion take to the streets to demand action on the climate crisis but has called for “more constructive rather than destructive” methods.

In an interview with the BBC, Prince Charles said actions such as blocking roads, used in recent weeks by the Extinction Rebellion splinter group Insulate Britain, “isn’t helpful” but he said he understood the “frustration” they felt.

He warned of a “catastrophic” impact if more ambitious action was not taken on the climate, adding he was worried world leaders would “just talk” when they meet in Glasgow for the 2021 United Nations climate change conference, Cop26.

“The problem is to get action on the ground,” he told the BBC’s The Big Interviews.

Asked if he sympathised with Greta Thunberg, the climate campaigner who has also criticised leaders for failing to act, he said: “Of course I do, yes. All these young people feel nothing is ever happening so of course they’re going to get frustrated. I totally understand because nobody would listen and they see their future being totally destroyed.”

He said he understood why groups like Extinction Rebellion were taking their protests to the streets.

But he added: “But 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.”

Asked if the UK government was doing enough to combat the climate emergency, the prince replied: “I couldn’t possibly comment.”

In the interview, the prince argues that while governments can bring billions of dollars to the effort, the private sector has the potential to mobilise trillions of dollars.

But he added many business executives still do not give environmental issues the priority they deserve.

He said the Glasgow climate conference was “a last chance saloon” and said it would be “a disaster” if the world did not come together to tackle the climate crisis.

“I mean it’ll be catastrophic. It is already beginning to be catastrophic because nothing in nature can survive the stress that is created by these extremes of weather,” he said.

He argued that one of the keys to the crisis was making environmentally friendly options cheaper for everyone.

“We still have fossil fuel subsidies, why?” he asked.

He said it was “crazy” there were still subsidies for what he calls “insane agro-industrial approaches to farming which are a disaster in many ways, cause huge damage and contribute enormously to emissions”.

He said there were similar “perverse” subsidies for the fishing industry which he said caused “mammoth damage” through trawling.

Charles is due to attend a series of events at Cop26, alongside the Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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134 Dead, 76,887 Houses Destroyed As Flooding Hits Jigawa

Heavy flooding in Jigawa State has resulted in the death of 134 persons and destroyed 76,887 houses.

The deputy governor of the state, Alhaji Umar Namadi disclosed this when he hosted the United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) official, Rahman Rihub Mahmud Fara on Saturday.

He said the state lost property worth more than N1.5 trillion to the floods.

A total of 22 roads and 11 bridges were completely washed away by the floods, he said.

The deputy governor said an entire village was also completely destroyed.

He said the flood affected 272,189 people, out of which 76,887 lost their houses.Mr Namadi said Kirikasamma and Birniwa local government areas are greatly affected.

UNICEF chief field officer in Kano, Katsina and Jigawa, Mr Fara, said they came to assess the situation and see what could be done to alleviate the suffering of the communities affected by flood in the state.

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NEMA Confirms Four Dead In Mushin Building Collapse

The three-storey building which collapsed on Friday in Lagos killed four persons.

This is according to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

The agency said one other person was rescued in the building that collapsed on Oye Sonuga Street, Palm Avenue, in Mushin, Lagos.

NEMA South-West Zonal Coordinator, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, revealed that those who died were two males and two females.

Earlier, the Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Omotayo Bamgbose-Martins the cause of the collapse would beinvestigated.

It is learnt that the three-storey building built 40 years would be pulled down immediately for safety reasons and to forestall further collapse, said Bamgbose-Matins.

He has therefore, ordered the Lagos State Building Control Agency and the Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory to unravel the cause of the collapse.

 

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Flooding Displaces 2000 In Nasarawa Communities

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Heaving flooding in some communities in Nasarawa state has caused the displacement of about 2000 people.

The Chairman, Doma Local Government in Nasarawa State, Ahmed Sarki-Usman who spoke on Friday during an assessment visit to the affected communities said the incident happened on September 20.

He said his visit was to ascertain the level of damage caused by the flood to report the situation to the state government for necessary action.

“It is unfortunate that the flood destroyed houses, farmlands, produce and other valuables worth millions of naira. Many inhabitants of the area affected by the flood have deserted their homes and are now camping at primary schools as temporary sites. What my people are facing is completely devastating,’’ he lamented.

Sarki-Usman urged people in the communities to remain calm as the government would soon assist them.

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