Prince William has called on the world to tackle the growing environmental threat to the planet. The Duke makes the comments in a new ITV documentary, Prince William: A Planet For Us All, where he highlights why humanity must do more to combat climate change.
The new documentary, which will air next Monday, covers trips William has undertaken over the past few years to countries such as Tanzania and Pakistan.
When visiting the latter, the Duke said he and wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, saw the effects of climate change first hand on glaciers which are melting at record speeds.
During the official royal tour, which took place last October, William told the documentary: “It’s a huge environmental and humanitarian disaster.
“And yet, we still don’t seem to be picking up the pace and understanding it quick enough.
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Prince William and Kate saw first hand the effects of climate change
“And I think the young are really getting it.
“And the younger generation are really wanting more and more people to do stuff and want more action.
“And we’ve got to speed the pace up.
“We’ve got to get on top of it and we need to be more vocal and more educational about what’s going on.”
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The documentary follows Prince William on two trips to Tanzania and Pakistan
The Duke is also filmed during his September 2018 visit to Tanzania, where he is seen feeding a carrot to a rhino called Deborah.
Speaking about the animal, he says: “People might see them and think it’s a big tank, a big hulk of an animal, with a big horn, but they are incredibly vulnerable.
“They have brilliant eyesight and people will take advantage of that and they want this horn, which is effectively nail, and that is all it is, it’s fingernail.
“This is where the horn belongs, on a live rhino and that’s where it should stay.”
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Sir David Attenborough also features in the documentary
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Prince William then visits a heavily guarded secure ivory store, where 43,000 tusks with a street value of £50million have been impounded.
The Duke, who is visibly moved by the sight, says: “It’s a mind-blowing number of tusks, it really is. You can’t get your head around it.”
In the film, the Duke makes a touching tribute to his father, the Prince of Wales and grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, for their work in supporting the natural world.
He says: “My grandfather, my father have been in environmental work for many years.
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“My grandfather’s well ahead of his time. My father, ahead of his time.
“And I really want to make sure that, in 20 years, George doesn’t turn round and say, ‘are you ahead of your time?’ Because if he does, we’re too late.”
Sir David Attenborough, the natural historian and documentary maker, also features in the film.
The veteran broadcaster, 93, is shown with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when Kate names a new British polar research vessel after the naturalist.
Prince William visits a heavily guarded secure ivory store
In the documentary, William tells Sir David: “Every generation, you know, after yours, David, has grown up listening and seeing all the things that you’ve shown them. And, hopefully, each generation listens a little bit more.”
At the end of the programme, William says he believes that 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic has given people a chance to “take stock” of what is important.
He says: “I’ve been really heartened by what I’ve been hearing from other people and how they’ve decided to appreciate nature and experience it and see all the things that they never thought they would.
“Someone has to put their head above the parapet and say, I care about this. To have the belief that if we all work together, we can make a difference.”
Prince William: A Planet For Us All will be screened on ITV at 9pm on Monday October 5.