British Queen Elizabeth finds world leaders who talk about climate change but then do little or nothing to address the crisis “annoying”. Elizabeth‘s words were captured by a microphone while visiting Wales.
She also complains about world leaders who have not confirmed that they are coming to a UN climate summit (COP26) in Glasgow at the end of this month.
The Queen made the remarks, which were picked up via a live stream, at the opening of the Welsh Parliament in Cardiff on Thursday:
The Queen himself travels to Glasgow, but says he doesn’t know what world leaders will come. “Extraordinary, isn‘t it? I’ve heard a lot about COP,” says the 95-year-old monarch talking to Camilla, the wife of her son Charles, and the chairman of the Welsh Assembly, Elin Jones. “I still don‘t know who’s coming. We only know which people don‘t come. It’s really annoying that they talk but don‘t do anything.”
Elin Jones responds to this, referring to the criticism of Elizabeth’s grandson Prince William. He said this week in conversation with the BBC that billionaires like Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson should not put their money into space adventures, but in solving the problems on Earth.
“Yes, I read that,” Elizabeth replies with a smile.
Are Putin and Xi Jinping coming?
The COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow will be held from 31 October to 12 November. Chinese President Xi Jingpin is very likely not coming to the top personally. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he is making his own presence at the climate summit depend on the corona situation. According to Putin, he could endanger not only his own health, but also the people who travel with him.
Other world leaders who have not yet confirmed to come include Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. The pope doesn‘t come either, because he’s still recovering from colon surgery. Cardinal Pietro Parolin comes in his place.
After long hesitations, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison tied the knot today to attend the conference.