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The Duke of Cambridge has called on humanity to “speed the pace up” and tackle the growing environmental threat to the planet.

William suggested he expects to be criticised for his views, saying: “Someone has to put their head above the parapet and say, I care about this.”

And he highlights how the younger generation – who are typified by the teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg – are pushing for change and action on the issue.

William has been filmed over the past two years in the UK and countries such as Pakistan and Tanzania for the ITV documentary Prince William: A Planet For Us All, which charts his journey from passionate conservationist to wanting to play a greater global leadership role on the environment.

In Pakistan’s Hindu Kush mountains, the duke and his wife saw first hand the effects of climate change on glaciers which are melting at record speeds.

During the official tour last October, William told the documentary: “It’s a huge environmental and humanitarian disaster.

“And yet, we still don’t seem to be picking up the pace and understanding it quick enough. And I think the young are really getting it.

“And the younger generation are really wanting more and more people to do stuff and want more action.

“And we’ve got to speed the pace up. We’ve got to get on top of it and we need to be more vocal and more educational about what’s going on.”

The documentary follows the duke during a visit to Tanzania in September 2018 and he is filmed feeding a carrot to a rhino called Deborah.

The future king says in the film, which will be screened next Monday: “People might see them and think it’s a big tank, a big hulk of an animal, with a big horn, but they are incredibly vulnerable.

They have brilliant eyesight and people will take advantage of that and they want this horn, which is effectively nail, and that is all it is, it’s fingernail. This is where the horn belongs, on a live rhino and that’s where it should stay.”

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