PRINCE Charles has compared human inactivity over climate change to frogs being boiled alive, and says we can't see the way the environment is changing because we're too close to it.
British tabloid The Sun reports the heir to the throne made his comments in the Amazon while on a tour of South America to raise awareness of climate change.
“The trouble is it's the old boiled frog syndrome," he said. "You can’t tell if you are in the water that it is gradually heating up. You just get used to the heat and you don’t notice until suddenly it reaches boiling point and it’s too late to do anything about it.”
Boiled frog syndrome refers to the idea that if you put a frog into boiling water it will jump out, but if you put it in cold water and slowly raise the temperature, it will be boiled alive. It isn’t true – when the water gets hot the frog will jump out, but it does make a nice metaphor.
“Nature has so many of the answers but we have somehow imagined that we can somehow defeat it, suppress it, squash it into a corner,” the Prince said.
“The trouble is that nature will always come back and hit you in the teeth if you don’t respect her."
Yesterday, Prince Charles said we have only 100 months to save the world before time literally runs out.
“We have succeeded in upsetting the balance to such a degree that we have seen the whole system start to become more and more chaotic and extreme.
"It is difficult because you can go on saying this will happen. We’ve had a cold winter in Britain, so people say, ‘Well, there’s no truth in it.’ Whereas the reality is that all around the world there are huge problems — drought, floods and more hurricanes than ever before, so clearly the whole system is being thrown into chaos and we need to act now on a precautionary basis.”