Prince Charles: Climate Change Is a Root Cause of Syria Crisis
Britain's Prince Charles said in a new interview that he believes climate change is one of the root causes of the Syrian civil war and the resulting refugee crisis.
"Some of us were saying 20 something years ago that if we didn't tackle these issues, you would see ever greater conflict over scarce resources and ever greater difficulties over drought, and the accumulating effect of climate change which means that people have to move," he told Sky News in a sit-down that was filmed before the Paris terror attacks occurred on Nov. 13.
"And in fact there's very good evidence indeed that one of the major reasons for this horror in Syria, funnily enough, was a drought that lasted for about five or six years, which meant that huge numbers of people in the end had to leave the land but increasingly they came into the cities."
The Prince of Wales sat down for the interview ahead of a U.N. summit on climate change scheduled for next week in Paris.
He agreed that there is "absolutely" a link between climate change and global conflict and terrorism.
The Prince likened the current state of the planet to the time leading up to the 2008 financial crisis.
"We're now facing a real possibility of nature's bank going bust," he said.