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Prince William in rallying cry for the environment

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Prince William delivers a speech in London on June 4, 2022. In his speech, the Duke of Cambridge said ‘decades of advocacy to take better care of our world’ meant environmental issues were ‘now at the top of the global agenda”. “

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Prince William issued a rallying cry for the environment over the weekend, with the second in line to the British throne saying there was a “pressing need to protect and restore our planet”.

In a speech in London on Saturday at celebrations marking Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, William noted that his 96-year-old grandmother had been alive for almost a century.

“During this period, mankind has benefited from unimaginable technological developments and scientific breakthroughs,” he said. “And while these breakthroughs have increased our awareness of the impact humans are having on our world, our planet has become more fragile.”

“Today, in 2022, as the Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee, the pressing need to protect and restore our planet has never been more urgent,” he said.

The Duke of Cambridge added that “decades of advocacy to take better care of our world” meant environmental issues were “now at the top of the global agenda”.

“More businesses and politicians are answering the call and, perhaps most inspiringly, the cause is now being led by an amazing and united generation of young people across the world,” he said. -he declares.

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William has often spoken out on environmental issues. In April 2021, the prince spoke of the “intrinsic link between nature and climate change“.

In October, months later, he appeared to tackle space tourism embraced by some of the world’s most prominent billionaires.

Such remarks are sure to raise eyebrows in some corners given the royal family’s extensive use of air travel – which the WWF has described as “currently the most carbon-intensive activity an individual can do” – as well as their penchant for hunting animals.

Big concern, but also optimism

William’s latest comments come at a time of immense concern about the environment, global warming and the continued use of fossil fuels.

In March this year, the International Energy Agency reported that in 2021, energy-related carbon dioxide emissions reached their highest level in history.

The IEA found that global energy-related CO2 emissions increased by 6% in 2021 to 36.3 billion metric tons, a record high.

In the same month, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the planet had emerged from last year’s COP26 summit in Glasgow with “a certain naïve optimism” and was “sleepwalking to climate catastrophe“.

Despite the difficult situation on the ground, William seemed confident that significant change was imminent. “Tonight was full of optimism and joy, and there is hope,” he said.

“Together, if we harness the best in humanity and restore our planet, we will protect it for our children, for our grandchildren, and for future generations.”

“They will be able to say with pride of what has been accomplished: ‘What a wonderful world.'”