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Prince William urges investment in nature to protect planet and combat climate change

Prince William urges investment in nature to protect planet and combat climate change

Britain’s Prince William has underscored the importance of investing in nature to tackle climate change and protect our planet, becoming the latest high profile public figure to weigh in on the subject.

In comments made during a discussion on Thursday at the virtual spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group, the Duke of Cambridge spoke about what he described as the “intrinsic link between nature and climate change.”

“We must invest in nature through reforestation, sustainable agriculture, and supporting healthy oceans, because doing so is one of the most cost effective and impactful ways of tackling climate change,” he went on to add.

“It removes carbon from the atmosphere, helps build more resilient communities, tackles biodiversity loss, and protects people’s livelihoods. This is crucial if our children and grandchildren are to live sustainably on our precious planet.”

Despite this, the prince argued, investing in nature remained “a small part of global efforts and accounts for a fraction of the money that is spent on the fight against climate change.”

He said: “All of you here at the World Bank and across each of the multilateral development banks have a crucial part to play by supporting a green, inclusive and resilient recovery from the pandemic, by valuing nature and putting it at the heart of your work, and by increasing investment in a future where the natural world can thrive.”

William’s comments come at a time when financial institutions, banks and other organizations are facing intense scrutiny and calls to divest from fossil fuels and other sectors deemed to be harmful to the environment.

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