A Prince’s Passionate Call for Immediate Climate Action

Prince William speaks out on climate emergency

“If we don’t get our act together in the next 10 years, by 2030, it’s too late.” – Prince William of Britain

A Brief Foreword by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper, followed by a Full Offering of the Prince’s Remarks

Posted October 13th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

I am probably about as far away from being a fan of aristocrats or monarchs as one can be, and I’m certainly not predisposed to be impressed with all that much that aristocrats or monarchs do.

Having said that, how inspiring and heartening it was earlier this October to watch Prince William – the oldest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana – make such a strong plea to all of us around the world to take real and effective action now to address a climate crisis that is already causing such hardship for life and countless trillions of dollars of damage and destruction around the world.

And perhaps, such a call to collective action on an issue more often championed at the grassroots level by individuals and groups of more modest means is all the more striking coming from an individual born into such privilege who, if he wanted to, could easily sit back and do and say little or nothing.

But enough from me for the moment. Here is Prince William’s call for action which you can hear and watch by clicking on the screen immediately below –

An Afterword from Doug Draper at Niagara At Large

Here is just a suggestion to Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley from my seat in the public gallery.

I know, from my many years of covering Jim Bradley as a full-time environment reporter at the St. Catharines Standard in the 1980s and 90s, that he has always had a passion in his heart for environmental protection.

When he served as Ontario’s Environment Minister for the Liberal government of David Peterson through the last half of the 1980s, he built a record for protecting the quality of our air, our lands and our waters that, in my view, remains second to none to anyone who has held that post before or since.

A view of the Lower Niagara River from the Niagara, Ontario side. Celebrating this great waterway and its connecting  natural heritage features, including the woods, wetlands and wildlife that sustain it and depend on one another for survival, should be something that all of our public leaders should embrace with pride and with an eye to a healthy future for us all. Photo by Doug Draper

It is also my view that the citizens of Niagara, Ontario – at least those of us who want to see what is left of our region’s natural heritage protect and preserved for generations to come – are fortunate to now have someone with a record like that serving as Chair of Regional Council.

With that in mind, my suggestion to Jim Bradley (at the risk of sounding presumptuous) is to take a few minutes from the Chair’s usual opening comments at a council meeting to add this video of Prince William delivering his call to action.

After our Regional Councillors have heard it, perhaps at least a few more would side with those on the Council who support a Ramsar designation for the Niagara River as a wetland of global importance, or would vote for the strongest options now on the table for protecting what is left of our natural heritage in a new Official Plan, or would favour a stronger bylaw for protecting trees, or would say no to urbanizing a green area as biologically diverse as the Thundering Waters Forest in Niagara Falls, or would favour more public transit over ever-more costly infrastructure for private cars.

In other words, perhaps a few more on the Council would be persuaded to make decisions that reflect the growing crisis that we and future generations will suffer if we fail to make the changes we need to make now to protect our environment.

Call that too much of a stretch for a majority on this current Regional Council, if you will. But I can dream, can’t I?

Prince William (at left) meeting recently with legendary naturalist and documentary filmmaker David Attenborough. They have launched something they call “the Earthshot Prize,” offering $65 million in awards over the next 10 years to those who put in to play significant ‘climate solutions’. The pair compare this award system to something akin to a “Nobel Prize for environmentalism.”

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“A Politician Thinks Of The Next Election. A Leader Thinks Of The Next Generation.” – Bernie Sanders

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