Prince William has urged TV companies to keep environmental issues “high on the agenda”.
The 39-year-old royal has praised the “innovative” and “emotive” messages that are now included in TV shows to help raise awareness of environmental issues – and he hopes this will continue in the years to come.
In a special video address to the BAFTA TV Awards on Sunday (05.08.22), William said: “Now more than ever, program makers have a unique opportunity to ensure climate change and sustainability remain at the forefront of our collective consciousness.
“By creating innovative, educational and emotional content for television, writers and producers play a unique role in ensuring that the future of our planet is something we all want to talk about.
“Over the past year, we’ve seen fantastic examples of this across a wide variety of programs and genres.
“I hope you all continue to carry on your invaluable work, keeping environmental issues high on the programming agenda in the years to come.”
Meanwhile, William has previously criticized so-called space tourists, insisting entrepreneurs should focus their attention on saving the planet, rather than leaving it.
He said: “We need some of the greatest brains and minds in the world who are determined to try and fix this planet, not try to find the next place to live.”
He also revealed that the late Duke of Edinburgh – who died in April 2021, aged 99 – used to talk about climate change “much more, very early on, before anyone thought it was a subject”.
William – who has Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four, with the Duchess of Cambridge – thinks it would be “absolute disaster” if his children were to discuss the matter in 30 years.