Prince William gave an interview to the Outrage + Optimism podcast this week, and the podcast dropped today. He did the interview to promote the Earthshot Prize, his big new thing which is “the most prestigious” environmental scheme ever, because he’s involved, that’s what makes it prestigious. I have no idea what the Outrage + Optimism podcast normally covers, but I assume that William saw the word “outrage” and that’s why he was drawn to it. Some quotes from William’s interview:
Why he thinks environmentalism will win out: “The vast majority of people want to do the right thing. I think we’ve got to give people the opportunity to see the way forwards. The science is out there and is irrefutable. We have the data. So let’s stop talking about it and let’s actually provide the action. I think that’s what’s going to be really needed over these next ten years.”
What makes him incandescent with rage: He gets “outraged by the inaction” on climate change, adding: “That’s probably a bit of a cliche but that is what I get most troubled about. Especially as I’m in a position of responsibility if you like, or leadership. I feel I can do a lot more if given that ability. So therefore, I don’t understand why those who have the levers, don’t. I think that’s what really upsets me and keeps me awake at night.”
He was always enraged: He also revealed that while growing up, he did “feel that tackling things negatively was the way to go forwards…but actually it doesn’t work.”
Positivity works better though: “The message when I went to China and talked to the Chinese government about trying to tackle the illegal wildlife trade was very much a case of, how about you guys being the global leaders in conservation? You can take on that mantle and you can really drive it forwards. And it’s a much easier conversation to have with someone and it’s not about getting out of a hard conversation – I’m very happy to have hard conversations – but an easy conversation where they can see what you’re getting at, they understand the consequences. At the end of the day, the vast majority of people, if they are presented with the science and the facts, they want to do the right thing. No one wants to do the wrong thing. And I think you have got to give people the opportunity to see the potential and the way forwards.”
This is shady, right? With his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, and his father, the Prince of Wales, both being long-term advocates for the environment, William said: “I think my family has naturally had an opportunity here to support and to be a part of the environmental debate for a long time because it’s been at the forefront of a lot of conversations and a lot of issues for many, many years and people have talked about it for a long, long time. But we need the action now and that’s what these next ten years is about.”
[From People & Hello]
Wow, this interview really isn’t doing what he wanted it to? That part about William going to China and, like an old-school British Empire colonialist, telling the Chinese government what to do and how they should do this or that. And all it took was one meeting and now everything is fixed in China, right? And all of the credit goes to William! All I can think about is how wrathful and rageful he is every day of his life and how eager he is to have “hard conversations” where he tries to scream and stomp his feet and threaten and bully people. He had to learn – recently, it sounds like – that he can’t deal with every situation with threats and rage. And the entire thing about his father and grandfather and their DECADES of environmental work… wow, William is such an a–hole. He truly parachuted into the “cause” of environmentalism five minutes ago and now he’s more of an expert than his father and grandfather, AND he thinks he’s going to do much more for the environment. He’s such a pill.
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