The Prince spoke at a dinner in hosted by Michelle Bachelet, the President, for 300 guests from the world of politics, business and the arts.
“How can we begin to address poverty if we haven\’t first ensured our planet is habitable?” he said.
You might like to ask someone starving to death whether they\’d prefer that we all worry about three centuries down the line or whether we feed him.
But much more importantly than that, the environment is a luxury good. Not only is it only when people get rich enough to lift their eyes from their runty crops that they start to worry about it, only when we\’ve generated some wealth do we have the resources to do anything about it.
And finally, if you actually go and look at the scientific consensus, if you bother to read the IPCC and supporting documents, you can see that we can in fact do both. We can abolish human poverty this century and the econopmic structure that allows us to do that also contains the emissions path that will lead to the least warming (A1F1 for those keeping score at home…at least from memory that is it).
In fact, in that particular economic model (one upon which the scientific consensus is based remember) we get to that lowest emissions path precisely by abolishing poverty through economic growth.