Posted on Oct 01, 2019
Writing for Britain's Telegraph on Sunday, September 29th, Prince Harry shared his thoughts about the dire environmental conditions he's witnessed around the world and what he sees as the urgent and immediate need for greater conservation efforts.
Conservation has always been an issue that's close to the young Prince's heart, and following his royal tour of Africa he has expounded on his views, and on the insights he has gained over the last decade.
Conservation fails unless you put people at the heart of the solution and for far too long, that hasn’t been the case. I have no problem in admitting that we are all part of the problem in some way, but a lot of us simply aren’t aware of the damage that is being caused. Humans and animals and their habitats fundamentally need to co-exist, or within the next 10yrs, our problems across the globe will become even more unmanageable. Based on what I’ve learnt over the years and the experts that I’ve met, one of the greatest opportunities to deliver this balance is eco-tourism, but specifically community based eco-tourism. Tourism which allows the communities to be equal financial partners through mentorship, so that they can see the investment flow back to their families, providing jobs, healthcare and a future. Nature teaches us the importance of a circular system, one where nothing goes to waste and everything has a role to play. If we interfere with it, rather than work with it, the system will break down. Conservation used to be a specialist area, driven by science. But now it is fundamental to our survival and we must overcome greed, apathy and selfishness if we are to make real progress.
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