Prince Charles warns climate crisis will dwarf virus impact
"Without swift and immediate action, at an unprecedented pace and scale, we will miss the window of opportunity to 'reset' for... a more sustainable and inclusive future," he said.
The comments will be included in a message to be played at the virtual opening of Climate Week in New York on Monday.
The heir to the British throne said the environmental "crisis has been with us for far too many years -- decried, denigrated and denied".
"It is now rapidly becoming a comprehensive catastrophe that will dwarf the impact of the coronavirus pandemic," he said.
The 71-year-old royal, who himself contracted coronavirus in March, has long been a champion for sustainability and action against climate change.