(Daily Mail) Prince William has warned that the future of wildlife is under threat from rapid population growth, as he prepares to welcome his third child.
The Duke of Cambridge, 35, made the comments at the Tusk gala dinner in London on Thursday night, saying: ‘In my lifetime, we have seen global wildlife populations decline by over half.
‘We are going to have to work much harder and think much deeper, if we are to ensure that human beings and the other species of animal with which we share this planet can continue to co-exist.
‘Africa’s rapidly growing human population is predicted to more than double by 2050, a staggering increase of three and a half million people per month.
‘There is no question that this increase puts wildlife and habitat under enormous pressure. Urbanisation, infrastructure development, cultivation—all good things in themselves, but they will have a terrible impact unless we begin to plan and to take measures now.’
William’s father Prince Charles previously spoke out about his concerns over population growth in a 2010 speech at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, warning that the world faces ‘monumental’ problems as populations rocket.
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