As Harry visited the reforestation project in Botswana, he said that it was a race against time and one we were losing.
Prince Harry has claimed that the science on the climate crisis is undeniable as the “world’s children are striking” to force action.
The Duke of Sussex is in Botswana playing a role in changing forest habitat after decades of deforestation due to locals collecting firewood and through elephant activity.
Speaking on the banks of the Chobe River, he alluded to the speech by the UN secretary-general, António Guterres, at the UN general assembly in which he cautioned that the world had seen unprecedented temperatures.
He said that that week, had led by Greta, the world’s children were striking. There was an emergency. It was a race against time and one which we were losing. Everyone knew it. There was no excuse for not knowing that. And the most troubling part of that was he didn’t believe there was anybody in this world who could deny science, undeniable science and facts. Science and facts that had been around for the last 30, maybe 40 years, and it was only getting stronger and stronger. He didn’t understand how anyone in this world, whomever we were – you, us, children, leaders, whomever it was – no one could deny science, otherwise we lived in a very, very troubling world.
Prince Harry, whose utilization of private jets has resulted in criticism and accusations of environmental hypocrisy, was working with a conservation organization to help locals to build nature and cultural park for the community.
Dr. Mike Chase accompanied Prince Harry. Dr. Mike Chase is a conservationist and founder of Elephants Without Borders, which will direct the new reserve aimed at making a thriving riverbank forest. Harry simultaneously met some young leaders from his Sentebale charity, which helps young people affected by HIV, at a health center in Kasane.
On a highly personal note, Harry told about how Botswana had given him a place to escape following the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
He said that fifteen years he had been coming here, it was a sense of escapism, a real sense of purpose. He had some of his closest friends there over the years. He had come there in 1997 or 1998 straight after his mum had died, so it had been a nice place to get away from it all. He felt deeply connected to that place and Africa.