Prince of Wales: I warned of plastic danger 40 years ago but was dismissed as ‘out of touch’


Sarah Knapton


© PA The Prince of Wales attending a meeting of key plastics stakeholders and business leaders to discuss the role of plastics in the economy and the steps that can be taken to prevent plastic build up in the oceans, at Carlton House Terrace in London.

The Prince of Wales said he warned about the dangers of plastic 40 years ago but was dismissed as ‘out of touch’ and ‘anti-science’
In an interview with Vanity Fair, the future monarch said he had felt uncomfortable putting his head ‘above the parapet’ in the 1970s, and said it ‘seemed to take forever’ for people to wake up to the danger of failing to protect the environment.

Ahead of his 70th birthday on November 14th, Prince Charles said he felt it was his duty to help find solutions to the problems facing humanity, including the crisis of plastic in the oceans and climate change.


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