A couple of decades ago, Prince Charles let us know that he was fond of talking to his plants that then, he felt, grew much more strongly. He is also known as being a passionate campaigner for the environment and against anything that harms it, such as global warming. Like many people, he holds that humans must stop using fossil fuels – coal, oil, gas, etc. – because their emissions are causing increasing amounts of ‘greenhouse gases’. These are trace elements that are said to trap and recycle heat in the Earth’s atmosphere and that will ultimately create Hell on Earth!
During the Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen during December 2009, Prince Charles spoke against letting any increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) occur: ‘We live in times of great consequence and, therefore, of great opportunity,’ but added, ‘the grim reality is that our planet has reached a point of crisis and we have only seven years before we lose the levers of control’. That was six years ago.
On the 30th November 2015, when speaking on the opening day of the 21st Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21), hosted by France until 11th December, the Prince of Wales once again said: ‘Climate change is the greatest threat facing humanity’. He told the world-wide delegates they must “act now” to save man from “impending catastrophe” and that he hoped an agreement from world leaders would lead to a ‘saner future’.
Since the 1970s, when global warming was first talked of, it has been blamed for many predicted catastrophes: for the decline in both bees and polar bear numbers; for the retreat of the ice in the Arctic that will melt and release frozen viruses and methane; for the rise of the oceans as ice melts and for the subsequent drowning of islands; for the increase in tornadoes and hurricanes; for the movement northwards of climate change refugees to cooler climes along with plants and animals; for the extinction of half of all species of animals; and, eventually, for the extinction of the Human Race
Global warming has also been blamed for conflicting problems: fish catches rise, but fish catches also drop; Arctic ice melts, but Antarctic ice grows; glaciers melt, but also grow; forests decline, but forests expand; there is an increase in floods, but also in droughts; there have been wine loss in France, but in England the yield has increased. In 2000, Dr David Viner, a prominent climate scientist, said that ‘snow would be a thing of the past’ and that “children wouldn’t know what snow was”, but in Britain, the winter of 2010 was the snowiest since 1963.
Perhaps the oddest conflict has been that in areas where it has occurred, global warming has also been blamed for global cooling.
And it has also been blamed for events which probably had nothing to do with global warming.
For instance, recently, although very long droughts are recorded as having happened in Syria many times over the past 12,000 years, a week ago Prince Charles told the media that this one was due to global warming and was therefore partly to blame for the current conflict and extremism there.
And all this due to the greenhouse gases which are said to be the main cause of global warming. And yet how strange that Prince Charles believes so firmly in the wickedness of carbon dioxide in particular, for when a schoolboy, he must have been taught about the oxygen cycle: plants are the main creators of oxygen through the process of photosynthesis. Trees, for instance, use sunlight and carbon dioxide to produce energy and release oxygen. Humans then breathe in the oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, after which the plants can use this carbon dioxide and the cycle is complete. If we are to live, humans have to breathe in oxygen, which they then exhale as carbon dioxide that the plants have to use as food if they are to live and then they again give out oxygen…and so the cycle goes.
Why then does Prince Charles not realise that when he bends over his plants to talk to them, he breathes out and gives them an extra dose of life-giving carbon dioxide, so making them grow stronger?