The Duke of Cambridge has urged humanity to accelerate the pace and tackle the growing environmental threat to the planet.
In a new documentary, suggesting that he expects to be criticized for his views, William says, “Somebody has to put their head over the parapet and say I care.”
And he highlights how the younger generation – embodied by the youthful climate protection activist Greta Thunberg – is pushing for change and action on this issue.
William has been filmed over the past two years in the UK and countries like Pakistan and Tanzania for the ITV documentary Prince William: A Planet For All of Us, which documents his journey from being a passionate conservationist to wanting greater global leadership in the EU environment.
In Pakistan’s Hindu Kush mountains, the Duke and his wife saw firsthand the effects of climate change on glaciers melting at record speeds.
During the official tour last October, William said of the documentary, “It’s a major environmental and humanitarian disaster. And yet we don’t seem to be picking up the pace and getting it on quickly enough. And I think the boys are really getting it.” And the younger generation really wants more and more people to do things and want more action.
“And we have to accelerate the pace. We have to take care of it and be more vocal and educational about what’s going on.”
The documentary follows the Duke during a visit to Tanzania in September 2018 and he is filmed feeding a carrot to a rhinoceros named Deborah.
The future king says in the film that will be shown next Monday, “People might see them and think it’s a big tank, a big hull of an animal with a big horn, but they’re incredibly vulnerable.”
“They have brilliant eyesight and people are going to take advantage of that and they want this horn that nails effectively, and that’s all, it’s the fingernail. This is where the horn belongs, on a living rhino, and that’s where it should stay.”
Later, William is visibly moved when he visits a closely guarded secure ivory shop in Tanzania where 43,000 tusks with a street value of £ 50 million were confiscated.
Williams’ interest in protecting the natural world and the environment is reflected in his role as patron of Tusk, a nature conservation organization operating in Africa that aims to ensure a peaceful coexistence of animals and people on the continent.
And for more than five years, the Transport Taskforce of its umbrella organization United for Wildlife has been working to facilitate cooperation between the transport sector and law enforcement agencies to prevent the trade in wildlife.
In the film, the Duke pays tribute to his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, and his father, the Prince of Wales, for their work in helping nature.
He says: “My grandfather, my father, have been involved in environmental work for many years. My grandfather is way ahead of his time. My father, ahead of his time. And I really want to make sure that in 20 years, George won’t turn around and say, “Are you ahead of your time?” Because if he does, we’re too late. “
The Duke and Duchess are introduced and filmed during the documentary with Sir David Attenborough when Kate names a new British polar exploration vessel after the broadcaster and naturalist.
In the documentary, William tells the veteran broadcaster, “Every generation, you know, after yours, David, grew up hearing and seeing all the things you showed them. And hopefully each generation listens a little more. “
Sir David, who met the Cambridges last week and watched his new documentary – A Life on Our Planet – with William, shares the Duke’s optimism: “The public is extremely well informed, it seems to me. Children now know a lot about ecology and what happens to the world. It is remarkable. “
At the end of the program, William believes 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic have given people an opportunity to take stock of what is important.
Prince William: A Planet For All of Us airs on ITV Monday 5th October at 9 p.m.