Prince William urges people to ‘change trajectory’ to save planet from climate disaster

The Duke of Cambridge made the remarks in a video message for Conservation International, a US-based charity. William has previously said his father, Prince Charles, inspired him to champion environmental causes.

William, 38, said in his video appearance the world needs to change its “relationship with nature and our trajectory as a species” to avoid environmental tragedies.

The Duke also said the next decade poses “one of our greatest ever tests” in tackling climate issues.

He went on to say the most vulnerable people around the world, “and those who have done the least to cause climate change”, would be impacted the most.

William then urged those present to take their lead from the millions of young people who are looking for solutions to the problem.

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Speaking in his pre-recorded message, William praised the rapid development of coronavirus vaccines as an example of how people can tackle climate issues.

He said: “All of us, across all sectors of society, and in every corner of the globe, must come together to fundamentally reset our relationship with nature and our trajectory as a species.

“I truly believe that humans have an extraordinary capacity to set goals and strive to achieve them.

“The remarkable development of the COVID-19 vaccine in record time is a case in point.”

Last year, William launched the Earthshot Prize to help those coming up with solutions to climate change scale up their ideas.

Five winners each year will receive £1 million for proposing solutions on how to protect and restore nature, fight air pollution, revive the oceans, build a waste-free world and fix the climate.

Speaking in his video appearance, he said: “We want to find the brightest minds and boldest ideas that will help us to achieve these Earthshots.

“But it will require our collective energy, determination, and optimism to get there.”

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Speaking to BBC Radio 4 last year about the launch of the Earthshot Programme, William said it is his “responsibility” to take charge on climate issues.

He added: “The key thing about the Earthshot prize is that positivity.

“It’s the idea we need to find solutions to be able to live our lives and enjoy our lives and not feel guilty and bad about some of the things we do.

“That ultimately has to change, because I also worry from a mental health point of view, the anxiety and the worry that many of these younger generations are going to have.

“Hearing about what we’re talking about, it’s going to weigh on them. And they don’t to inherit a world that is full of doom and gloom.”

Charles was previously praised by his son as “ahead of his time” on climate change.

William said to the BBC in October: “He’s talked about this for a long time and long before people sort of cottoned on to climate change.

“So, I’ve always listened to and learned and believed in what he was saying.

“But I knew it’s a very hard sell, you know, 40 years ago to kind of predict and see some of the sort of slow-moving catastrophes that we were headed towards.”

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