Prince William: Youth should be role models in environmental protection

Prince William
Young people should become role models in environmental protection

Prince William performing in London

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Prince William is committed to protecting the environment and has now called on young people to be role models for the older generations.

In a conversation with a group of environmental entrepreneurs, Prince William (38) encouraged young people to be role models for older generations. "Sky News" reports on it. Their influence can generate new "momentum" when it comes to protecting the environment. The Duke of Cambridge spoke to seven young people who had been named "Young Champions of the Earth 2020" by the UN Environment Program (UNEP).

Kenya's Nzambi Matee, who makes sustainable building materials, said Prince William said it was difficult to change the minds of older people, according to the report. Her grandmother had adopted a sustainable lifestyle without much ado: "If we can convince my grandmother not to use plastic bags, we can do anything," she joked. Prince William agreed: "If every young person educates his family about the impact on the environment, that in turn makes a difference," it introduces change and creates momentum, said the Duke of Cambridge.

William fights for the environment

The grandson of Queen Elizabeth II (94) had all of the participants' projects explained to him during a video call and said it was a great honor for him to have met her. Like his father Prince Charles (72), the Royal has been campaigning for environmental protection for many years. It wasn't until 2020 that William launched the Earthshot Prize, which grants five winners each year around one million pounds sterling in funding who have come up with the best solutions to tackle the climate crisis. Over a period of ten years, 50 million pounds will be distributed.