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“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.­rysspeech

HRH Prince Harry drew huge ap­plause as he spoke frankly at the 2018 AG So­ci­ety Awards about a need for global change.

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