Prince William spoke out on the future of young people and the environment in a prerecorded video message. The Prince of Wales insisted that young people are the “future of this planet” and there is a need to engage them in the “recovery” of nature.
The Duke of Cambridge added that it was “inspiring” that the summit was being “shaped” by young people and that the event was an opportunity to understand the “importance” of engaging young people in nature.
He said: “Young people are the future of this planet and there is a crucial need to engage them in nature’s recovery.
“How inspiring it is that this summit is being shaped by young people for young people.
“Connected by a shared love of nature.
“Today is an opportunity to bring together young leaders and everyone in-between.
“To better understand the importance of engaging young people in nature.”
The Prince of Wales has championed conservation and environmental causes for many years including with his Earthshot Prize organization which helps fund innovative environmental projects.
The Duke launched the prize in October 2020, to provide funding and incentive for environmental solutions over the next decade.
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The Prince had much practice over the years in assessing the environment and how it interacts and is impacted by modern living.
In 2005 he became patron of the Tusk Trust a charity focused on conserving wildlife , improving community development including education across Africa.
He undertook his first official duty with the trust in 2008 taking part in a 5,000-mile bike ride across Africa.
The Duke then went on to launch the Tusk Conservation Awards which have been awarded to environmental activists since 2013 and in December 2014, the Prince founded the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce which aims to reduce the illegal wildlife trade worldwide.