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Prince William ‘follows in Philip’s footsteps’ in issue close to duke’s heart

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Prince William is about to launch a prize to encourage work to save the planet after being inspired by the work of the older generation of royals.

The Duke of Cambridge's Earthshot prize will be an annual contest that encourages people to find solutions to five environmental problem areas.

In his introduction to a book about his Earthshot prize, Prince William paid tribute to both his late grandfather Prince Philip and his father Prince Charles.

He described the pair as “pioneers in the environmental movement” as he looks to continue their work by encouraging more people to help the environment.

As reported by the Express, Prince William wrote: “It seemed to me, that there was a real risk that people would switch off; that they would feel so despondent, so fearful and so powerless, there was a risk that any real hope of progress would come to a halt.

“This despondency also jars with my own experiences, and those that inspired my grandfather and father to be pioneers in the environmental movement.

“Following in their footsteps, I have seen people all over the world face what seem like insurmountable challenges yet come together with collective ambition, and a can-do-spirit, to find solutions to them.

“I strongly believe that change is possible, when you put your mind to it.”

The five areas of Prince William's Earthshot prize include: Protect and restore nature; Clean our air, Revive our oceans; Build a waste-free world; and Fix our climate.

The winner of each category will be awarded a staggering £1 million prize.

Prince Philip was known for promoting many environmental causes throughout his life as he helped found the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in 1961.

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He also helped found the Australian Conservation Foundation in 1963, before becoming president of the organisation between 1981 and 1996

Prince Charles also championed many environmental causes, leading to him winning the GCC Global Leader of Change Award in 2017.

The first 15 finalists of Earthshot Prize have already been announced with the five winners being named on October 17.

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