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Prince William speaks about stigma of mental health at Davos 2019

Prince William speaks about stigma of mental health at Davos 2019”

Prince William took on the role of journalist as he interviewed Sir David Attenborough at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

"We are now so numerous, so powerful, so all-pervasive". More than ever, he warned, we are out of touch with the natural world.

Kensington Palace said the duke would talk to Sir David about his decades of work highlighting the importance of the natural world. We can wreck it without even knowing we are doing it.

Attenborough's message was not totally gloomy, however, and said that people now had the knowledge to "live in harmony with nature" and a recent embrace of solar power and lower pollution industry gave him for a more environmentally conscious future.

Attenborough made the impassioned plea while being interviewed by Prince William.

"It is not, we are all one world", he said, adding that global leaders are beginning to see that everything we do has implications.

Work around conservation and the environment has become a key focus for Prince William's charitable work.

"We haven't yet applied ourselves to this problem with the focus that it requires", he said at the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

The Duke of Cambridge sat down to "turn the tables" in interview with wildlife legend Sir David Attenborough.

Sir David replied: "Because the connection between the natural world and the urban world, the society of human society has always, since the industrial revolution, has been remote and widening and we didn't realise the effects of what we were doing out there, but now we are seeing that nearly everything we do has its echoes and has its implications across the natural world".

Sir David told the crowd: "We can go everywhere, we can go into the bottom of the sea, we can go into space, we can use drones, we can use helicopters, we can use macroworlds, we can speed things up, we can slow things down, we can film in the darkness - and so the natural world has never been exposed to this degree before".

On accepting the award Sir David urged world leaders to come up with "practical solutions".

As Sir David explained how tricky it was for the crew to capture the moment a glacier shed a large chuck of ice during his Netflix series Our Planet, Prince William quipped: 'They're a bit like children, David - unpredictable'.

Sir David was awarded the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum for his leadership on environmental campaigning and used his acceptance speech to call for a global plan to tackle the issues. "And if we wreck the natural world, in the end, we wreck ourselves", he said. It's not just beauty and wonder: it is essential to human life.

Sir David also alluded to the growing tide of plastic waste filling our oceans.



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