--celebrity + charity + global relief--
Prince Charles, just participated in a fascinating interview with the BBC on the urgency to halt logging in the world's rain forests. The outspoken royal who has now been coined the "Green Prince" elaborated on the economic complexity of the issue and the importance of devising mechanisms to financially incentivize poor nations to prevent felling of their rain forests, which is being used for timber, food, and now bio-fuels.
"The trouble is the rain forests are home to something like 1.4 billion of the poorest people in the world. In order to survive there has to be an effort to produce things which tends to be at the expense of the rain forest. What we've got to do is try to ensure that those forests are more valuable alive than dead. At the moment there's more value in them being dead. This is the crazy thing." said Prince Charles.
The Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, published in 2006, suggested that the destruction adds about 18% to the CO2 from human sources.
According to HRH Prince Charles, halting logging of rain forests is perhaps the simplest way to make a massive impact in the environmental crises.
"It is the easiest way to create a win on the climate change front while all sorts of other things come along later."
Here is the interview in full (Approx 10:00).