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Video of the week: A royal seal of approval for tackling plastic waste.

Posted on Nov 16, 2018 2:30:00 PM

Prince Harry (Photo courtesy of BBC One).“The nightmare result of eight million tonnes of plastic entering the ocean ever year is set to get worse rather than better.”

In a recent TV interview to honour Prince Charles’ 70th birthday, Prince William and Prince Harry spoke affectionately about their father, highlighting how he was ahead of his time in making speeches about the perils of plastic on the environment. Speaking about the issue, Prince William, second in line to the throne, said: “He’s done an amazing job. Without telling us what we should be doing or the direction we should go in, he’s just let us learn from the nature of the job, learn from him, learn from mummy.”

The Duke of Sussex also said that plastic had become a huge topic and that his father was “saying that back in the 1970s”.

It wasn’t just in the 70’s Prince Charles (@clarenncehousewas saying this. Fast forward to 2018, and at the start of the year the Prince of Wales spoke about the “nightmare” of plastic waste polluting the world’s oceans, saying he feared it would get worse.

The heir to the UK throne had spoke of his “deep frustration” at the world ignoring the problem and called on companies to make changes to cut their plastic waste.

“The nightmare result of eight million tonnes of plastic entering the ocean ever year is set to get worse rather than better,” he told delegates at a meeting in London at the start of the year.

He added: “We cannot, indeed must not, allow this situation to continue… I do fervently pray that you will all do your utmost to work together in the coming year to make real, substantial progress.”

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Liz Gyekye
Liz Gyekye
Liz has spent more than ten years working in the waste management and bioenergy sector as a more