Kate Middleton made an impassioned plea at yesterday's Earthshot Prize awards, warning that 'children are being robbed of their future' as a result of the current climate crisis.
The Duchess of Cambridge made the appeal as she presented the Protect and Restore Nature prize, one of five prizes up for grabs at the ceremony at Alexandra Palace, London.
It was the final award and saw £1 million go to the Republic of Costa Rica for their innovative scheme paying citizens to restore ecosystems, which has already started to regrow rainforests, reports the Mirror.
In her speech, Kate spoke about the importance of a "thriving natural world" and how it helps both physical and mental health.
She said: "A thriving natural world regulates our climate, nurtures our physical and mental health, and helps feed our families.
"But for too long, we have neglected our wild spaces. And now we are facing a number of tipping points.
"If we don’t act now, we will permanently destabilise our planet.
"And we will rob our children of the future they deserve.
"Our Earthshot Prize Finalists show us, however, that we can, by 2030, see the natural world growing, not shrinking, for the first time in centuries."
In the spirit of the evening both Kate and Prince William donned recycled outfits. She opted for a lilac Alexander McQueen dress made for her in 2011, whereas William sported a recycled dark green velvet blazer and 20-year-old trousers.
William also spoke about young people at the event, which was his brainchild, admitting that older generations and his included 'haven't done enough to protect your future'.
He said: "I hope everyone watching understands more about the urgent challenges facing our planet in this decisive decade.
"And I hope that our Earthshot winners have shown you that there is no place for despair.
"I want to say something to all the young people watching tonight.
"For too long, we haven’t done enough to protect the planet for your future.
"But Earthshot is for you.
"In the next ten years we are going to act. We are going to find the solutions to repair our planet.
"Please keep learning, keep demanding change, and don’t give up hope."
William also revealed that next year's Earthshot Prize would be held in the United States.
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