Prince William says that fighting climate change should be seen as a “moment for hope, not fear” ahead of the launch of TV show with David Attenborough.

The Duke of Cambridge will warn BBC viewers we are at a ‘fork in the road’ and must ‘act now’ to solve climate issues in a show fronted by the royal and David Attenborough.

The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet, which starts airing on the BBC, will feature pioneers who have been recognised for finding innovative solutions to the most pressing climate issues. Prince William, 39, will speak with winners of The Earthshot Prize, a global competition he launched alongside The Royal Foundation in October last year, in the five-part series.

The duke was seen picking up rubbish as he urged people, businesses and leaders to do their ‘bit’ and set their ‘own personal Earthshots’ to help safeguard the planet ahead of the series.

According to the Mirror, the duke will tell viewers: “We must act now to create a different future for our children and grandchildren. We stand at a fork in the road. If we continue on our path the natural world and everything we take for granted will decline.” The royal finished with a message of hope insisting that it’s not too late to solve pressing climate change issues, adding that ‘it is within our reach’ if change happens soon. Speaking in a short trailer, William said: “This is a moment for hope, not fear. It’s for this very reason that I launched the Earthshot Prize, the most ambitious environmental prize in history. A decade of action to repair our planet.” Sir David Attenborough, who also presents the show, tells viewers: “Just imagine what might be possible.”

Taking inspiration from John F Kennedy’s Moonshot project which advanced mankind’s achievements, the prince named 15 finalists from across the globe last month. Winners included a 14-year-old girl from India who has designed a solar-powered ironing cart, the nation of Costa Rica, which has pioneered a project paying local citizens to restore natural ecosystems, and a Chinese app that allows its citizens to hold polluters to account.

Each episode of the BBC series will focus on a different environmental issue – protecting and restoring nature, fixing the climate, combating air pollution, reviving the oceans, and tackling waste. Episodes will air in the build-up to the United Nations Cop26 climate summit hosted in Glasgow from November 1.

Jason Knauf, chief executive of The Royal Foundation, said he hopes viewers will be ‘inspired’ by the series. He said: “Over an unprecedented two-week period, television and radio audiences will be inspired by what we believe is some of the most innovative environmental programming that has ever been created. The television and radio series along with the awards ceremony will celebrate the incredible Earthshot Prize Finalists, while inspiring and challenging all of us to play our part in this decisive decade for the planet.”

An awards ceremony for the inaugural Earthshot Prize at Alexandra Palace in London on October 17 will also be aired on BBC One.

Charlotte Moore, BBC chief content officer, said: “In the run-up to Cop26, there couldn’t be a more critical time to air this landmark series, and celebrate the amazing ingenuity of people across the world.”

The series will also feature singer Shakira, former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres, and football star Dani Alves.

In addition to the BBC One series produced by natural history filmmakers Silverback Films, a Radio 4 series, Costing The Earth: Earthshot, will also be broadcast in October.

Original source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk