Prince William has stated that young people might be the ones to make the biggest effect in the fight versus the climate crisis.
Speaking to a group of young activists, who had actually been identified by the United Nations as “Young Champions of the Earth” by the organisation’s Environment Programme, the Duke of Cambridge highlighted the distinction their generation could make by simply speaking to their families about environmentalism.
” If every young person informs their household on the environmental impact they are having, that in turn is making a distinction, and altering the tide, and developing that momentum,” Prince William informed the group.
” There’s a great deal of opportunity in the environmental area. If young people have a little bit of that enthusiasm– that you have plainly shown a lot of– then there’s a truly excellent opportunity to discover your feet and find a way and do great in the environmental world.”
He continued: “You are the shining lights of that motion which interest. It allows people to see your course, your journey and go ‘do you understand what, I desire a few of that, I can do that, I have actually got some ideas too.”‘.
Amongst the activists present on the video call was Nzambi Matee, from Kenya, who creates sustainable building materials and discussed the difficulty of convincing older generations to do something about it against the environment crisis.
” If we can encourage my grandmother not to utilize plastic bags, we can do anything,” she said.
Another young activist on the call was Lefteris Arapakis, who co-founded Enaleia, an organisation that teaches individuals about sustainable fishing in Greece.
” I am from a family of anglers and every year for the last twenty years we get less fish, my family has less and less of whatever,” he said.
” Personally, I believe that we can make the modification, since if we do not believe that, we can just quit. It’s our only choice. Optimism is our main weapon versus the environment crisis.”.
In 2015, Prince William released the Earthshot Reward, which will see ₤ 50m distributed to numerous activists with objectives to “fix the planet”.