Prince William delivers a speech in London on June 4, 2022. In his speech, the Duke of Cambridge said “decades of making the case for taking 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 during celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, William noted that his grandmother, who is 96, had been alive for almost a century.
“In that time, mankind has benefited from unimaginable technological developments and scientific breakthroughs,” he said. “And although those breakthroughs have increased our awareness of the impact humans have 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 making the case for taking better care of our world” meant environmental issues were “now at the top of the global agenda.”
“More and more businesses and politicians are answering the call and, perhaps most inspiringly, the cause is now being spearheaded by an amazing and united generation of young people across the world,” he said.
William has often spoken on issues related to the environment. In April 2021, the prince spoke about the “intrinsic link between nature and climate change.”
In October, a few months later, he appeared to take a swipe at the space tourism espoused by some of the world’s most high-profile billionaires.
Such remarks will be certain 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 make”…
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