May 5, 2009 / 10:17 PM / in 9 years

Dalai Lama and actors in prince's climate alert

LONDON (Reuters) - Prince Charles has enlisted the Dalai Lama, actor Harrison Ford and a frog to back his campaign to save the rainforests and fight climate change.

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, speaks at the "Wisdom and Compassion for Challenging Times" event in New York, May 3, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The prince’s supporters, who also include Brazilian football legend Pele, actor Daniel Craig and comedian Robin Williams, appear with the animated Argentine horned frog in a video released online on Tuesday by the heir to the throne.

"Robin -- comedian, cyclist, frog translator," Williams says, mimicking the animated frog he is shown holding, in the video posted on "The Prince's Rainforests Project" web site (www.rainforestsos.org/).

In the video, which also features his sons William and Harry with the frog, Prince Charles urges people to sign up for his campaign to save the rainforests. Kermit the Frog also makes a cameo appearance.

The prince, who is a committed environmentalist, says his aim is to build an on-line community calling for urgent action to save tropical rainforests before a climate change conference in Copenhagen in December.

“Rainforests help keep our climate cool and absorb nearly a sixth of our CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions. Yet they are being destroyed at the rate of a football pitch every four seconds,” the prince said.

“This destruction releases hundreds of years of stored carbon into the atmosphere and is a key contributor to climate change,” he said.

“Unless we protect the rainforests, we will most certainly lose the battle against catastrophic climate change,” he adds.

Reporting by Adrian Croft; Editing by

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