A short chat quickly turned into a lengthy discussion between Prince Charles and Donald Trump during the US president’s UK state visit. It’s no surprise the topic of discussion was an issue the Prince of Wales is passionate about: Climate change.
The American politician spoke to Piers Morgan on ITV’s Good Morning Britain and opened up about the passionate conversation he had with the future King.
“We were going to have a 15-minute chat, and it turned out to be an hour-and-a-half,” Donald revealed. “And he did most of the talking. He is really into climate change, and I think that’s great. I mean, I want that. I like that.”
“What he really wants, and what he really feels warmly about is the future,” Donald continued. “He wants to make sure future generations have climate that is good climate as opposed to a disaster. And I agree.
“I did mention a couple of things, I did say, ‘Well the United States right now has among the cleanest climates there are, based on all statistics, and it’s even getting better.’ Because I agree with that, I want the best water, the cleanest water.”
The TV show host went on to ask the US president if he was able to convey to Charles that he was taking the issue of climate change seriously.
“I think I was able to, yeah,” Donald told Piers. “I think, I think we had a great conversation and it was about, as you would call it, climate change, but, I think we had a very, very good time.”
“I'll tell you what moved me is his passion for future generations he's really not doing this for him,” Donald continued. “He’s doing this for future generations. He wants to have a world that's good for future generations. He’s Prince Charles, he doesn’t have to worry about future generations in theory, unless he’s a very good person who cares about people. And that’s what impressed me, maybe the most, his love for this world.”
Prince Charles has been keen on environmental causes since the 1980s, and has received numerous awards from green organizations for his work to spread awareness about climate change. He launched The Prince’s May Day Network in 2007 to encourage businesses to become more green, and has made numerous speeches to the European Parliament and International Union for Conservation of Nature’s World Conservation Congress calling for climate action and better protection of animals and the environment.
“Our successors will pay most dearly for our dilatoriness and inaction as it is, but we surely owe it to them to take urgent steps now - not just by 2020,” Charles said of climate change in a 2007 speech in which he accepted the 10th Global Environmental Citizen Award from Harvard Medical School’s Centre for Health and the Global Environment. “Perhaps we should see this as a war we simply have to win.”
Former US Vice-President Al Gore, who presented him the award with three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, called him a “thought leader.”