Prince William during an interview ahead of the inaugural Earthshot Prize Ceremony has shared his worries about climate change and how it’s impacting the next generation.
Talking to BBC Newscast the Duke of Cambridge opened up and shared the story of a litter picking outing, organised by Thomas’s Battersea, which left the young royal “confused”.
More specifically the Prince worries how his son’s generation might still be talking about climate change in 30 years time, and by then it’ll be too late.
“So George at school recently has been doing litter picking and I didn’t realise but talking to him the other day he was already showing that he was getting a bit confused,” explains the worried father.
“[He was] a bit sort of annoyed by the fact they went out litter picking one day and then the very next day, they did the same route, same time and pretty much all the same litter they picked up was back again.”
Continuing on he explains his son’s confusion “And I think that for him he was trying to understand how and where it all came from. He couldn’t understand, he’s like, ‘Well, we cleaned this. Why has it not gone away?'”
Saying to BBC reported Adam Fleming: “It shouldn’t be that there’s a third-generation now coming along having to ramp it up even more.
“And you know, for me, it would be an absolute disaster if George is sat here talking to you or your successor, Adam, you know in like 30 years’ time, whatever, still saying the same thing because by then we will be too late.”
William also didn’t forget to add the history of this issue, how even his father Prince Charles has had a “really rough time” tackling the issue and spreading information.
Specifically, on his father, William explained: “It’s been a hard road for him. My grandfather started off helping out WWF a long time ago with its nature work and biodiversity, and I think that my father’s sort of progressed that on and talked about climate change a lot more, very early on, before anyone else thought it was a topic. So yes, he’s had a really rough ride on that, and I think you know he’s been proven to being well ahead of the curve.”
Clarifying how his viewpoint has been changed since welcoming his own children into the world “I want the things that I’ve enjoyed – the outdoor life, nature, the environment – I want that to be there for my children, and not just my children but everyone else’s children.
“If we’re not careful we’re robbing from our children’s future through what we do now. And I think that’s not fair.”