As Prince William prepares for the inaugural Earthshot Prize Awards this weekend, he noted that part of the inspiration for his climate activism comes from one particular eight-year-old. During an interview with BBC Newscast on BBC Sounds, the Duke of Cambridge discussed his son, Prince George's frustration after a litter picking outing with his school, Thomas's Battersea.
"So George at school recently has been doing litter picking and I didn't realize but talking to him the other day he was already showing that he was getting a bit confused," William said.
"[He was] a bit sort of annoyed by the fact they went out litter picking one day and then the very next day, they did the same route, same time and pretty much all the same litter they picked up was back again," the Prince noted. "And I think that for him he was trying to understand how and where it all came from. He couldn't understand, he's like, 'Well, we cleaned this. Why has it not gone away?'"
The Duke of Cambridge also expressed concern that his son's generation will still be tackling climate change in 30 years, when it "will be too late."
Prince William's Earthshot Prize is his new initiative to help the environment. The Duke developed the prize to find innovative and workable solutions to the world’s biggest environmental challenges. When launching the prize, William pledged to make the "maximum positive personal contribution" so he could "look my children in the eye and say that I did my bit."
The first awards ceremony will be held in north London on Sunday, October 17, with the Duchess of Cambridge also playing a role in the proceedings. Kate is a presenter at the show, along with a number of other recognizable names, including actresses Emma Watson and Emma Thompson, actor David Oyelowo, and soccer player Mo Salah.
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