Prince William says his grandmother’s death was “the saddest circumstance” | Climate news

The Prince of Wales told environmental activists that their cause was close to his grandmother’s heart – and that their support for her was giving him “a great relief”.

In a personal message recorded the day after the Queen’s funeral, and broadcast on Wednesday, William told those gathered in New York for the Earthshot Innovation Award summit that “the worst circumstances” prevented him from joining them.

But he told them, “Protecting the environment was a cause close to my grandmother’s heart, and I know she would have been delighted to hear of this event and the support you all give to the Earthshot finalists – the next generation of environmentalists.”

“During this time of grief, I feel very comfortable in your continued enthusiasm, optimism, and commitment to the Earthshot Award and what we are trying to achieve.”

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The Prince of Wales has spoken a lot about his relationship with the Queen.

In a touching tribute after her death, he said that she He was always by his side “during the saddest days of my life.” And that the reality of “life without grandmother” will take some time to sink in.

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The prince said he was “extremely grateful to have benefited from the Queen’s wisdom” throughout his life

Reason for optimism

He first came up with the idea for the Earthshot Prize in 2018.

At the time, he said, there was a lot of pessimism in the climate debate, and that he wanted to instil some optimism.

The competition is inspired by JFK’s Moonshot Project, and hopes to inspire environmentally conscious innovators of the future.

Over the next decade, prizes worth £5 million will be awarded each year for the best ideas.

At this year’s award “summit” meeting, he said via video message that he knows the world is in an “uncertain place now” and that many families and communities are facing “unimaginable challenges – from conflict to energy crises and food shortages”.

But he added: “While addressing these matters in the short term, we must also remain firmly focused on addressing the greatest challenges that threaten our tomorrow.

“Because if we don’t, a changing climate will only cement these immediate challenges into core global issues, severely impacting the lives of each and every one of us.”

Prince William on stage during a shooting ceremony on the ground
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Prince William during the first shooting party

The prince said that the finalists for the 2022 prize will be announced in the coming weeks, and that their ideas have given him cause for great optimism.

“These pioneers exemplify the leadership required in this decade of change.”

But he cautioned that it must be a joint global effort.

“We must come together behind their innovative solutions to ensure that they reach their full potential with pace and scope,” he said.

“We must cooperate in new ways, and we must be brave.

“And since Moonshot inspired a wonderful decade of technological transformation, we have Earth The decade should inspire action, creativity and collaboration around the world.

“Together, we need to ensure that the transition to sustainable solutions is the fastest and most pervasive change in the world ever.”