The Prince of Wales has said understands the frustration of climate activists, but insisted that blocking roads “isn’t helpful” to their cause.
In a wide-ranging interview with the BBC, Prince Charles touched on the Extinction Rebellion demonstrations and the Insulate Britain protests on motorways that have plagued Britain’s workers in recent weeks.
Speaking in the gardens of his house on the Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire, he also said that he feared the COP26 summit in Glasgow next month would be “just talk”.
“The problem is to get action on the ground,” he said.
His interviewer pointed out that criticising world leader for failing to act was the stance of climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg, and asked if he sympathised with her, he said: ”Of course I do, yes.
“All these young people feel nothing is ever happening so of course they’re going to get frustrated. I totally understand because nobody would listen and they see their future being totally destroyed.”
Prince Charles then said he understood why campaign groups took to the streets, but warned they could be doing more damage than good by blocking roads, saying: “But it isn’t helpful, I don’t think, to do it in a way that alienates people.
“So I totally understand the frustration, the difficulty is how do you direct that frustration in a way that is more constructive rather than destructive,” he said.