The Duke of Sussex, who left royal duties last year with Meghan Markle for a new life in America, has launched his campaign with conservation group Re: wild. In a joint opinion piece for the Washington Post, Harry and environmental activist Reinhold Mangundu described the Okavango River Basin in southern Africa as a “natural beating heart that has fed humans and wildlife for generations.”
But they warned of the “imminent threat” of corporate oil drilling, adding that it would “plunder the ecosystem for potential profit.”
Harry and Mr. Mangundu wrote: “Some things in life are best left untouched to achieve their goal as a natural advantage. This is one of them.”
The pair highlighted a massive oil spill off California earlier this month and a sea surface fire in the Gulf of Mexico in July after gas leaked from an undersea pipeline.
Harry and Mr. Mangundu wrote: âThere is no way to undo the damage caused by these kinds of mistakes.
âDrilling is an outdated gamble which has disastrous consequences for many and incredible riches for the powerful few.
“This represents a continued investment in fossil fuels instead of renewables.”
In their joint article, the couple urged others to support the campaign.
They said, âTo protect the Okavango River Basin, we call on the world to stand in solidarity with us, our allies and local communities by advocating a full moratorium on oil and gas development in the region.
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He also launched a sustainable travel initiative called Travalyst.
However, it has already been criticized for its use of private jets.
Harry’s call to protect the Okavango River basin precedes Prince William’s Earthshot Award ceremony on Sunday.
The Duke of Cambridge’s Â£ 50million initiative aims to find solutions to the world’s problems over the next decade.
This year’s five category winners will each receive Â£ 1million to develop their projects after being chosen by a jury.
William and Kate attend the awards ceremony, hosted by Clara Amfo and Dermot O’Leary, at Alexandra Palace in London.
In an interview with BBC Newscast broadcast today, William said: “The award itself will spur solutions and actions that a lot of people haven’t necessarily produced yet, and so I hope, you know, that the price will galvanize a lot of people in leadership positions to, you know, go further, bigger and actually start delivering. â
Members of the royal family, including the Queen, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are also expected to attend the Cop26 climate change talks in Glasgow which will start at the end of the month.