Prince William has been accused of making ‘racist’ comments about Africa.
The Duke of Cambridge was giving a speech at the Tusks Conservation Awards in London, an event that celebrates African-based leaders who dedicate their lives to the preservation of wildlife, when he brought up some ‘huge challenges’ that have to be faced.
According to Newsweek, the father-of-three said: “The increasing pressure on Africa’s wildlife and wild spaces as a result of human population presents a huge challenge for conservationists, as it does the world over.
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“But it is imperative that the natural world is protected not only for its contribution to our economies, jobs and livelihoods but for the health, well-being and future of humanity. We owe it to our children and future generations to act now.”
He continued: “Africa’s extraordinarily rich biodiversity has the ability to sequester vast amounts of carbon. But this is only possible if these landscapes remain truly intact and are protected as functioning eco-systems.
“Our wildlife plays a vital role in keeping nature in balance and maintaining this precious cycle of life. If we keep destroying or removing the threads that make up the natural tapestry of life on earth, it will simply begin to break down, exacerbating climate change still further.”
Although the Royal didn’t specifically mention Africa’s population, many people attacked his speech on Twitter.
Michael Knowles, a Conservative commentator, penned: “‘If the natives keep reproducing, there won’t be as many impalas for me to shoot!’ Morally backward as this line of thinking is, one cannot help but be amused by the audacity.”
Another person tweeted: “The biggest threat to wildlife is climate change and overconsumption from the so-called ‘rich’ countries (that have extracted, looted Africa) but yeah, Prince William sees it fit to malign Africa when our carbon footprint is a mere 3%.”
A third person said: “It would be helpful if Prince William paid attention in history. By far the greatest losses of wildlife in Africa occurred in the early 1900s when Europeans arrived with guns and hunted across the continent. To blame African civilians is totally misunderstanding African history.”
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