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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Critics have condemned Prince William’s remarks about the African population

Prince William's remarks about the African population

Key Takeaways:

  • Prince William is losing favor with Africans after making remarks linking the continent’s population to wildlife pressure.
  • One person cautioned the prince to keep his mouth shut, tweeting that William “has no moral authority to say anything about Africa or Africans and their lives.”

Earlier this week, at the Tusk conservation awards in London, William stated that pressure on Africa’s “wildlife and wild spaces as a result of the human population” posed a “huge challenge for conservationists, as it does the world over” according to Al Jazeera.

“However, the natural world must be protected not only for its contribution to our economies, jobs, and livelihoods, but also for humanity’s health, well-being, and future,” he said.

According to Newsweek, the Duke of Cambridge, a father of three, did not specifically mention population growth. Still, his remarks have been condemned on Twitter, with many accusing him of racism, hypocrisy, and privilege.

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“It would be beneficial if Prince William read history.” The early 1900s saw the most significant loss of wildlife in Africa, as Europeans arrived with guns and hunted across the continent. To blame African civilians is to misunderstand African history completely,” another user tweeted.

British journalist Nadine Batchelor-Hunter retweeted a 2017 tweet pointing out that Africa’s population density is much lower than Asia and Europe while also mentioning William’s decision to add three more members to the world’s population.

Others have pointed out the prince’s pricey habits, particularly when it comes to travel. “I have yet to hear Prince William discuss how much his own family contributed to the current climate disaster.” How much CO2 they produce from their palaces, private jets, and helicopters used as Ubers. “For all the children they have and the energy they consume,” said another.

This is not the 1st time the Duke has come under fire for making such remarks. In 2017, he was roundly condemned for claiming that Africa’s “rapidly growing human population” was putting “enormous pressure” on its wildlife and habitats.

Source: Global News

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