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Eugenie follows Harry and William’s footsteps with desperate climate change plea
October 12, 2021
Princess Eugenie has followed in the footsteps of Prince Harry and Prince William, launching a desperate plea urging us to protect Earth's oceans.
The royal, an ambassador of the Blue Marine Foundation, co-wrote a piece for Spear’s Magazine with Clare Brook, CEO of the foundation, in which she hailed the ocean as "the best natural solution we have to climate change on the planet".
She also praised the environmental work being done on Ascension Island, a United Kingdom overseas territory that lies 1,000 miles off the coast of Africa, reports the Express.
The volcanic island is just 88 square kilometres in size and has a population of around 800 people.
Despite its tiny size, the island is home to a ground-breaking initiative aiming to protect oceans.
The Blue Marine Foundation and its Great British Oceans Coalition partners are aiming to protect 99.5% of the island’s waters.
The piece reads: "If the rest of the world were to follow Ascension’s example, we could see fish stocks recovering and carbon-absorbing habitats reviving within a few years – all with the potential to mitigate climate change.
"There is only one ocean. The challenges it faces are sadly man-made and most can be turned around if we act now.
"If we work together to protect it, the ocean will protect us – in perpetuity."
The article will appear in the special 15th anniversary edition of Spear’s Magazine, which has been produced in partnership with the Blue Marine Foundation.
Her plea comes just weeks after Harry and Meghan Markle met with UN deputy secretary-general Amina Mohammed at UN headquarters in New York to talk about climate change.
After the meeting, Mohammed said they discussed "how to engage on issues we care about deeply", such as vaccine equity, climate action, the economic empowerment of women, youth engagement and mental wellbeing.
William has also urged the public to work to safeguard the planet with his Earthshot initiative.
Launched last month, it sees 15 finalists in the running for the environmental prize which recognises those coming up with creative solutions to the planet's problems.
Five winners will each scoop £1 million.
A close aide revealed that William launched the initiative so he could look his "children in the eye" and say he "did [his] bit".
And just yesterday Prince Charles discussed how he is doing his bit in a rare interview with the BBC.
In it, he expressed sympathy with radical climate protesters and 'despairing young people'.
He added: "The risks now are so great if you don’t make the right move.
"It’ll be catastrophic.
"It is already beginning to be catastrophic, because nothing in nature can survive the stress that is created by these extremes of weather."
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