Conservation Africa News
Published 5:39 p.m. ET June 11, 2020
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrated their son Archie’s first birthday by releasing a video of Meghan reading the classic “Duck! Rabbit!” to him.
Prince Harry is opening up about how becoming a father is motivating him to make the world better.
In the 2019 annual review of the non-profit African Parks, Prince Harry, who is the conservation organization’s president, described the pressure he feels to make the world a better place for his 1-year-old son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, to live in.
The royal also explained the challenges he sees plaguing the world right now.
“We are currently living through an extinction crisis, and now a global pandemic that has shaken us to our core and brought the world to a standstill,” he wrote. “The gravity of these challenges is coming to light, but we must not be paralyzed by them.”
Prince Harry added that “the science is clear”: humans need to alter their ways before it’s too late.
“We have perhaps a decade to course correct before we lock in our fate,” he continued. “On this pandemic, while much is still unknown, some evidence suggests that the virus’ origins may be linked to our exploitation of nature. The gravity of these challenges is coming to light, but we must not be (paralyzed) by them.”
According to the royal, fatherhood has further spurred his commitment to combating these issues.
“Since becoming a father, I feel the pressure is even greater to ensure we can give our children the future they deserve, a future that hasn’t been taken from them, and a future full of possibility and opportunity,” he wrote. “I want us all to be able to tell our children that yes, we saw this coming, and with the determination and help from an extraordinary group of committed individuals, we did what was needed to restore these essential ecosystems.”
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The Duke of Sussex also praised African Parks for the organization’s commitment to conservation, as well as for helping local communities.
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“What I see in the African Parks model is exactly what conservation should be about – putting people at the heart of the solution,” he wrote.
Harry has been president of African Parks since 2017 and is a royal patron of Rhino Conservation Botswana. He has been vocal about his passion for environmental conservation and battling climate change. As a frequent visitor to Africa, Harry has called Botswana a place of “escapism” for him since his first visit after his mother, Princess Diana, died in a Paris car crash in 1997.
Contributing: Maria Puente, Hannah Yasharoff
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