Prominent members of the Royal Family are set to play an important role when world leaders travel to Scotland’s largest city next month, the Telegraph reports. Queen Elizabeth II, 95, is said to be joined by Prince Charles, 72, Prince William, 39, and Kate Middleton, also 39, for the UN’s climate change summit.
The Telegraph expects the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge to address the COP26 conference and to hold talks with key world leaders. Environmentalist experts have lauded Charles and his eldest son for their work on climate change.
While the Prince of Wales is a long-standing environmental campaigner, William has recently established the Earthshot Prize, which recognises innovations that “repair” the planet.
Bob Ward, from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and Environment at the London School of Economics, said: “Yes, I think it’s entirely helpful to have such a strong showing from the Royal Family.
“Prince Charles, and increasingly Prince William, have shown a particular interest in this area.
“Prince Charles is definitely recognised around the world as a deep thinker on these issues, and having a track record of having been interested in this for a long, long time.
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“So, it’s not just the symbolism – they are people of substance on these issues.
“It’s very difficult given all the other tensions with China at the moment.
“So again, I think if the Royal family are able to create a strong engagement with the Chinese leadership whilst they are here, that will help.”
In a study conducted by pollsters at Ipsos MORI in 2018, around 30 percent of people in China and 38 percent of people in India said the Royal Family gave them a more positive view of the UK.
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Her Majesty also came out of the study as the most popular member of the Firm in both nations.
Gareth Redmond-King, COP26’s communication and engagement lead, has claimed the appearance of the Royals could have a profound impact on pushing other nations to up their game.
“The rest of the world will know the high regard we have for the royal family here in the UK, and the Queen in particular is very well-respected around the world,” he said.
“As host of the UN climate summit in November, it demonstrates the seriousness with which the UK is taking its responsibility that the Queen and other senior members of the royal family will be there in Glasgow to welcome world leaders and show their commitment to the outcome of this, the biggest and most important diplomatic summit in the UK in living memory.
“It should indicate that the UK is pulling out all the diplomatic stops and is committed to doing everything possible to ensure that we leave Glasgow with the Paris Agreement goal of keeping warming to 1.5C within reach.”
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According to recent data, China emitted more CO2 than any other country in the world – at almost 30 percent.
In contrast, Britain’s CO2 emissions barely tipped over 1 percent, leaving the UK as the 17th biggest emitter.
Alok Sharma, Former Business Secretary and COP26 President, has pointed out that China is the world leader for emitting carbon and has said the “ball is in their court” when talks commence.
The Telegraph reports negotiators from Beijing are expected to attend the conference.
However, whether Chinese President Xi Jinping opts to travel to Glasgow remains to be seen.