Swedish king says action needed on climate change

Action on climate change is needed now if future generations are to survive, King Carl XVI Gustaf has said.

The Swedish king, addressing a meeting on Sunday of interational decision makers at the Tällberg forum in Dalarna, central Sweden, said that we “need to listen to mother earth”, news agency TT reported.

The king was addressing a session attended by leading members of international environmental groups, as well as political figures including EU Commission Vice President Margot Wallström and Prince Hassan of Jordan.

He told the seminar that climate change was the most important question on the international agenda. Large areas of the earth would flood if global warming continued to cause polar ice caps to melt, he said.

The king, together with Queen Silvia, attended the second and third days of the six day conference. Leading international figures attending the conference include former weapons inspector Hans Blix and Mikheil Saakashvili, president of Georgia. Kofi Annan, secretary general of the United Nations, will address the conference by video link.

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