Prince Charles meets Greta Thunberg and delivers passionate speech on climate change

By Zach Harper

Prince Charles met 17-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and made a speech in which he called for a "paradigm shift" to save the planet.

The Prince of Wales has long been a passionate advocate for the environment and conservation in his own right, and said Greta, who has inspired a global climate movement over the last few years, is "remarkable." Clarence House shared photos of the duo's meeting on Twitter.

"She represents one of the main reasons why I've been trying to make all this effort all these years because as I said, I didn't want my grandchildren to accuse me of not doing something about this in time," Charles told CNN in an exclusive interview. "We've just left it so late."

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In an address at the annual conference, the Duke of Cornwall said it is crucial to take "action at revolutionary levels and pace" to protect the Earth from disaster. Charles also used his speech to announce the creation of his Sustainable Markets program, which he wants to use to refocus the global finance system on putting the Earth first.

"Do we want to go down in history as the people who did nothing to bring the world back from the brink in time to restore the balance when we could have done? I don't want to," he said in his remarks.

Charles has always been ahead of the crowd when it comes to environmental awareness. For decades, the duke was advocating on behalf of Mother Nature, warning the world of climate change well before it was the widely-known concept it is today.

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