During his speech at the Reception for Commonwealth Foreign Ministers, Prince Charles stressed the importance of critical U.N. meetings that are set to take place before the end of 2020 in halting climate change before it becomes completely out of our control, reported the BBC.
"I am firmly of the view that the next 18 months will decide our ability to keep climate change to survivable levels and to restore nature to the equilibrium we need for our survival."
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported last year that to be able to prevent the rise of global temperatures beyond 1.5 Celsius before the end of this century, global carbon emissions would need to be cut 45 percent by 2030. However, in order to successfully make this drastic cut, critical political steps would need to occur before the end of 2020.
Hans Joachim Schellnhuber from the Potsdam Climate Institute has specifically addressed this short window of time.