Prince of Wales expresses concern about the “urgency” of the climate crisis

The Prince of Wales has expressed his concerns about the “urgency” of the climate crisis, which he said is “confronting us in every direction” as he met with design students at the Royal College of Art (RCA).

Harles visited the university’s Battersea campus in south London on Wednesday to see the launch of the new Terra Carta Design Lab, which will showcase the work of 20 students who have developed innovative design solutions to the climate crisis.

Speaking at the event, the Prince of Wales said on climate change that there are “crises that confront us in every direction”, stressing the importance of “quickly finding solutions”.

He added that “with the ingenuity of designers, we’ll have a better chance of winning this battle in less time.”

The Prince – a long-time advocate for the environment and sustainability – met with the winners and runners-up of a sustainable design competition he and design guru Sir Jony Ive developed to discuss their climate solutions.

One of the winning designs is a wearable device for cattle to neutralize methane emissions in real time.


The Prince of Wales sees a portable device for cattle to neutralize their methane emissions (Arthur Edwards/The Sun)

Francisco Norris, founder of the design group Zelp (Zero Emissions Livestock Project), which created the product, said it was a “great honor” to speak with the prince, whom he previously met when presenting a prototype of his product in 2018 had.

Charles asked concerned if the device worn around a cow’s head was “annoying” to the animal, but Mr Norris assured him “it doesn’t bother her at all”.

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Another winning team, Amphitex by Amphibo, presented the prince with a white shirt made from their 100% recyclable, waterproof and breathable sportswear fabric.

One of the designers, Isabella MacKenzie, said Charles joked that “the color white doesn’t look good on him,” while fellow designer Jun Kamei said he was “very curious” about the product.

Charles launched the competition alongside Sir Jony, Chancellor of the RCA, as part of the Prince of Wales’s Sustainable Markets Initiative.

It was inspired by the initiative’s Terra Carta, or Earth Charter, which is a roadmap for companies to commit to sustainability by 2030.

The four winners will receive £50,000 from the Sustainable Markets Initiative as seed funding to invest in their start-up companies.

The Prince was greeted by Sir Jony and the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Paul Thompson, warmly greeted upon his arrival at the exhibition, housed at the RCA’s Dyson Gallery.

The Royal College of Art is the world’s leading university for art and design, with David Hockney and Tracey Emin among its renowned alumni. Prince of Wales expresses concern about the “urgency” of the climate crisis

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