THE DUKE OF SUSSEX
“I am confident that positive and permanent change is on the horizon. Young people now innately understand far better than previous generations that we simply cannot continue to destroy our natural world, without facing major, irreversible consequences.
And they understand that many of the solutions we need to tackle these issues can be found by working together and empowering communities to come up with long-lasting, sustainable solutions.
That’s why tonight I have been so inspired by the awardees who are making such a remarkable difference in their communities, and I hope this platform will inspire others to do the same.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of everyone in this room, and the environmentalists and conservationists of the past, we are ready to translate our awareness into action.
It is going to take every single one of us to stop the clock on the destruction of our planet, and time is not on our side.
The standard we walk past is the standard we accept. It’s time to take personal responsibility and realise what a privilege it is for us to live alongside nature.
Thank you for your dedication to our environment, our planet, our future, our Mother Nature.” This is an edited extract. For the full speech, visit: australiangeographic. com.au/harrysspeech
HRH Prince Harry drew huge applause as he spoke frankly at the 2018 AG Society Awards about a need for global change.