King Charles’ passion for environmentalism shines at climate action reception despite COP27 decision

ITV News royal editor Chris Ship discusses King Charles III’s passion for environmentalism and how it has changed since he ascended the throne

King Charles III’s passion for environmentalism was centre-stage today as he hosted a reception to discuss tackling climate change, as global leaders prepare for the UN climate summit COP27.

His interest in environmental matters has long been at the forefront of his personal interests, but he previously promised he wouldn’t be a campaigning monarch.

The King’s reception gathered politicians and campaigners from across the globe at Buckingham Palace, including PM Rishi Sunak, US climate envoy John Kerry and COP President Alok Sharma.

The King is renowned for his passion for environmental matters including climate change action, but it was agreed he would not attend COP27.

This year’s conference will begin on Sunday in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

Addressing the reception, Mr Sunak said  the world will experience “more human suffering” if we continue to allow “climate change to ravage our planet”.

He said: “As recent events have shown, delivering on the promise of Glasgow is more important than ever.

‘Agreed jointly’: King Charles will not attend COP27 climate conference in Egypt

“More important because as we have seen so starkly with the war in Ukraine, it is vital to invest in secure, renewable sources of energy and sustainable food production.

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