King Charles spoke yesterday at the COP28 Climate Summit in Dubai: 

The King delivered a message that resonates deeply with anyone concerned about our planet’s future. His words weren’t just the musings of a monarch; they are a clarion call for urgent, transformative action against the escalating threat of climate change.

Growing up with a unique Global perspective, owning lands that span continents, Charles has witnessed firsthand the diverse impacts of climate change. From the wildfires in Canada to the devastating floods in South Asia, his experiences have given him a profound understanding of our planet’s delicate balance.

His speech in Dubai was a blend of passionate advocacy and a deep understanding of the intricate details of global climate negotiations. He didn’t just speak of looming calamities; he acknowledged the efforts of sectors like insurance in supporting climate finance arrangements. It’s a nuanced view that recognizes the multifaceted nature of the challenge we face.

Charles, who recently turned 75, reflected on his decades-long journey as an environmental advocate. He expressed frustration at the world’s slow response, noting a 30% increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide since he first began raising the alarm. It’s a stark reminder of the ground we’ve yet to cover.

What was most notable, however, was his emphasis on the immediacy of the threat. Climate change isn’t a distant problem; its effects are here, NOW, and they are wreaking havoc on the most vulnerable. His call to action is clear: We need real, collective efforts to mitigate these impacts and protect those at the frontlines of this crisis.

Charles’ own Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who is also scheduled to speak at the summit, is likely to present a different angle, possibly hinting at a relaxation of Britain’s emission reduction goals. This potential divergence in messages underscores the complex political landscape surrounding climate action around the World.

King Charles, free from the constraints of electoral politics, cuts through this complexity with a simple yet powerful message: We don’t own the earth; we are part of it. His words remind us that our actions today will shape the world of tomorrow.

As investors and citizens, we’re at a crossroads. The decisions we make, the companies we support, and the policies we advocate for will determine the kind of World we leave for future generations. King Charles’ speech isn’t just a wake-up call; it’s a roadmap for the kind of transformative action we need to take, both in our personal lives and in the broader economic and political spheres.

In the spirit of his message, let’s consider how our investment choices can reflect a commitment to sustainability and a better future. Whether it’s supporting green technologies, advocating for responsible corporate practices, or simply being more conscious of our environmental impact, every step counts.

As Charles poignantly concluded, ‘The earth does not belong to us; we belong to the earth.‘ This perspective is crucial as we navigate the challenges of climate change and strive for a sustainable, equitable future.

Have a great weekend, 

    • Phil

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