Critics slammed the royal family’s comments on the pressures facing wildlife on social media.
After implying that population growth is endangering lives, Prince William of the United Kingdom was told by critics to “take care of your own business.” wild animals in Africa.
In a speech at the Tusk Conservation Awards in London on Tuesday night, William stated that “the population is putting more and more pressure on the wildlife and wild spaces of the African continent”, which is a huge challenge for “conservationists”. The challenge is just like the whole world.”
“But the natural world must be protected, not only because it contributes to our economy, employment and livelihoods, but also for the health, well-being and future of mankind,” he said.
39-year-old speech Echo comment He said in 2017 that Africa’s “rapidly growing population” is putting “huge pressure” on its wildlife and habitats.
In that case, the royal family member came under fire for making the above remarks while expecting the third child.
Experts predict, African By 2050, the population will double to 2.5 billion, and by the middle of this century, it may become home to more than a quarter of the world’s population.
While some praised the prince’s remarks for highlighting the dangers the natural world faces in the face of global population growth, others criticized his remarks on social media.
Reporter Nadine Batchelor-Hunt said on Twitter that the current population density of Africa is much lower than that of Asia and Europe.
Population density in Asia: 100 people per square kilometer
European population density: 72.9 people per square kilometer
Population density in Africa: 36.4 people per square kilometer
Prince William with two children and another child: it is clear that Africa has given birth to too many children here https://t.co/zuaNq8zGFe
— Nadine Batchelor-Hunt (@nadinebh_) November 24, 2021
Others believe that the source of greater damage to the fauna of the African continent was European hunters in the early 20th century.
A Twitter user said: “To blame African civilians is a complete misunderstanding of African history.”
It would help if Prince William pays attention to history. So far, the greatest loss of wild animals in Africa occurred in the early 1900s, when Europeans came to the entire African continent with guns and hunted. Blaming African civilians is a complete misunderstanding of African history.
— Adam Armstrong (@disinfo_adam) November 24, 2021
Some went further, saying that William “has no moral authority to talk about Africa or African people and their lives.”
“He should spend time reading excellent history books, raising many of his children, and spending time with his huge family all over the world. His opinion is sewage,” a Twitter user said.
Mr. William has no moral authority to talk about Africa or African people and their lives. He should spend time reading excellent history books, raising many of his children, and spending time with his huge family all over the world. His opinion is sewage 🚮.
— Dr. John Njenga Karugia. (@johnnjenga) November 24, 2021
But Population Matters, a British charity dedicated to reducing population growth and its impact on the environment, welcomed the royal family’s remarks and called on Britons to have fewer children.
“The prince rightly drew attention to the fact that population is a key driver of global wildlife loss, but in a broader context, high consumption in rich developed countries such as the United Kingdom has also led to habitat destruction as forests are cleared to grow crops to feed the United Kingdom and Livestock in Europe,” Robin Maynard, the head of the charity, told the British newspaper The Times.
“Unfortunately, the United Kingdom has become one of the world’s countries with scarce natural resources. The most effective action we can take to reduce consumption is to choose a smaller family, which is a choice that is not available to hundreds of millions of women elsewhere,” he said, noting the world Some areas lack safe, modern contraceptive measures.