Charles, who along with his wife Camilla Parker Bowles are passionate about the cause, said big businesses have “no excuse” not to take immediate action to avoid “a number of truly terrifying and interconnected threats” in a speech on Thursday.
In a video message, he told a summit of corporate lawyers in London “this really is the final call” and said there need not be a choice between profitability and “doing the right thing”.
Addressing the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), a global legal association, he said: “We are engineering the rapid destruction of the natural world around us, on which we depend for our ultimate survival, along with many of the species with which we share this planet.
“I feel there is a great deal more that can, and must, be done.
“It does not need to be a choice between being profitable on the one hand, and doing the right thing on the other. Both are achievable.
“Ladies and gentlemen, all is not yet totally lost, but this really is the final call.”
He continued: “...I feel you really have no excuse not to act on global warming and climate change; the greatest threat multiplier of all.
“With four out of five of the global risks listed by the World Economic Forum for 2019 being environmental, these issues are only going to become vastly more important for your companies, to say nothing of humanity.
“And so there really is no time to lose.”
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