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Prince William calls on world to act on climate change in letter – ‘Spirit of invention’

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The Duke of Cambridge has been outspoken in his support for environmentalism and preventing what he calls a “climate emergency”. In a letter, William and other high profile climate advocates like Sir David Attenborough and Cate Blanchett called on a unified approach to tackling climate change.

William and the other signatories say climate change is “the most pressing challenge in human history”.

Comparing the development of Covid vaccines to tackling climate change, they said: “The availability of vaccines after only a year is both a triumph of science and a victory for collaboration.

“These lessons apply not just to pandemics but to the most pressing challenge in human history: stopping the climate emergency.

“If we do not act in this decade the damage to our planet will be irreversible, affecting not only those of us alive today but the future of generations to come.”

The letter, sent to The Times’ editor, sees the Duke and the other signatories say why they are “backing the Earthshot Prize”.

They added: “We must transform our relationship with our planet, learning from those already living in harmony with nature and recognising that we all have a part to play.

“A better future is possible.

“As people worldwide queue for their vaccinations, now is the time to harness that spirit of invention and give the Earth a shot too.”

Alongside William, Sir David and Ms Blanchett, Queen Rania of Jordan; diplomat Christiana Figueres; footballer Dani Alves; geographer Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim and former chairperson and chief executive officer of PepsiCo Indra Nooyi signed the letter.

Engineer Naoko Yamazaki; economist Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; singer Shakira Mebarak and basketball player Yao Ming were also among the figures to join the duke’s calls.

The signatories of the letter are all part of the council of the Earthshot Prize, an initiative launched by William last year.

The prize sees five winners awarded £1 million each every year until 2030, and will reward the best ideas for tackling climate change, air pollution and waste and protecting nature and oceans.

William has long been an advocate for tackling climate change, and said when launching Earthshot last year it is “my responsibility” to help find a solution to environmental issues.

He told BBC Radio 4 “I feel right now it’s my responsibility” and added the the world is “at a tipping point”.

The Duke added alongside Sir David: “We believe this decade is one of the most crucial decades for the environment.

“And by 2030 we really hope to have made a huge stride in fixing some of the biggest problems on Earth.”

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