Queen right to be 'irritated' by leaders who 'talk but don't do' on climate change, says Al Gore

Former US vice president Al Gore has said the Queen is right to feel “irritated” at climate change inaction and those who “talk but don’t do”.

It comes after the 95-year-old monarch was overheard making the remarks after opening the Senedd in Cardiff, in a conversation with the Duchess of Cornwall and Elin Jones, the parliament’s presiding officer.

Mr Gore, a long-time environmentalist, told Sky News he sympathised with the Queen for having her private conversation publicised, but said “yes, of course she’s right” to be irritated.

The UK itself has been accused by campaigners for failing to match rhetoric with action, in the year it has positioned itself as a climate leader as it hosts COP26 in Glasgow from 31 October.

Mr Gore, speaking in Edinburgh, said the UK’s pledge to slash emissions by 68% by 2030 was “impressive” but it would take “follow through” to make the nation a climate leader.

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