Prince William has joined actress Cate Blanchett for a new podcast with Audible called Climate of Change with Cate Blanchett and Danny Kennedy. The future king and founder of the Earthshot Prize shared some of this thoughts about how his family, especially his father and grandfather, encouraged his love of nature.
Over the last few years, Prince William has become a passionate public advocate for the environment, and it’s a passionate that he shares with wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, and his children.
Famously, the couple has even hosted biologist and natural historian David Attenborough at their home.
He has now joined Cate Blanchett and Danny Kennedy, a climate entrepreneur and activist, on their new podcast, which “will feature thinkers, innovators and high-profile guests. It has got the nod from Audible for its two seasons.”
Prince William was a bit of a surprise guest, and the future king shared some of his thoughts on how people can address climate change.
During the podcast, William said: “I think my grandfather and my father both kind of having a deep passion and interest in this area for many years has sort of piqued my interest and my curiosity. So growing up, I was surrounded by kind of this adventure and this idea of exploring and being out in the garden. I used to spend hours climbing trees, digging ditches and all sorts of things, hiding in dens and all sorts from the garden, so I used to love being out in the wild and the wet.”
After William shared about his passion for the Earthshot Prize, which gives a $1.3 million gift to a person or organization addressing climate change, Blanchett said, “It sounds like you’re quite hopeful that maybe we can imagine our way and plan our way and work our way out of what seems to be a crisis.
William responded, “To coin [Costa Rican diplomat] Christiana Figueres’ phrase, ‘stubborn optimist’ – I think is sort of where I’m feeling quite like I’m at the moment. She’s given me a lot of hope that this can happen, and I believe I’m seeing it with my own eyes – it’s really inspiring, it’s really hopeful.”
“I think politics gets in the way a lot of the time and if we could bring more people together, it can be done in a much quicker time than we anticipate because the solutions [to the climate change crisis] are out there,” William said.
The passionate that William has for the environment is admirable, but like so many royals and wealthy people, he has to be careful not to overly lecture or ignore the challenges faced by those battling high gas prices.