Prince William speaks on climate change at the Foreign Office
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Prince William told representatives of some of the most remote places on Earth: “You are all on the front line. “Your contributions to global emissions are negligible and yet you face the dire consequences of rising sea levels, changing weather patterns and the destruction of coral reefs. “Climate change is threatening the very survival of the territories, your ways of life and the future of all your people.”
The delegates from 14 British Overseas Territories including Anguilla, the Pitcairn Islands and St Georgia had raised their fears at the UN COP26 climate summit in Glasgow this month.
William, 39, was addressing the first in-person meeting for three years of the Joint Ministerial Council of UK ministers and territory leaders yesterday. He told delegates in London he was pleased they “were able to voice not only your concerns, but also your efforts to tackle the immense problems that you face.
“But we need to keep the pressure up if we are to drive down emissions and support those on the front line of climate change.
“We need to keep telling your story.” The duke praised initiatives tackling the worst effects of climate change.
William added: “With urgency and optimism, comes action. Humans have an extraordinary ability to make the impossible, possible.”
He spent an hour talking to delegates and activists at the Foreign Office and said: “Together you represent some of the most remote communities…and some of the most ecologically diverse, with species and environments found nowhere else on Earth.
“Despite the relatively small size of the overseas territories I have seen plenty of evidence of your tremendous positive impact on the world.”
Rising temperatures have been blamed by researchers for the loss of coral reefs and the retreat of glaciers.
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