Critics take to social media to crack down on royals’ comments about the pressure from wildlife.
Prince William of the United Kingdom has been asked to “take care of himself” by critics after suggesting that population growth is endangering wildlife in Africa.
Speaking at the Tusk Conservation Awards in London on Tuesday night, William said the growing pressure on the continent’s “wildlife and wildlife as a result of human population” poses a “huge challenge to nature conservation, as it does worldwide”.
“But it is imperative that the natural world be protected not only for its contribution to our economies, jobs and livelihoods, but for the health, well-being and future of humanity,” he said.
The 39-year-old’s remarks reflected comments he made in 2017, when he said that Africa’s “rapidly growing human population” put its wildlife and habitats under “enormous pressure”.
In that case, the royal came under fire for making the remarks while expecting a third child.
Experts have predicted that Africa’s population is set to double to 2.5 billion people by 2050, potentially making it home to more than a quarter of the world’s population by the middle of this century.
While some praised the prince’s comments for highlighting the danger facing the natural world in the face of global population growth, others took to social media to criticize his remarks.
Journalist Nadine Batchelor-Hunt tweeted that Africa’s current population density was significantly lower than in Asia and Europe.
Asia population density: 100 per square kilometer
Europe’s population density: 72.9 per square kilometer
Africa’s population density: 36.4 per square kilometer
Prince William with two children and another on the way: it is clear that Africa has too many children here https://t.co/zuaNq8zGFe
– Nadine Batchelor-Hunt (@nadinebh_) November 24, 2021
Others suggested that the main source of damage to the fauna of the African continent was European hunters in the early 20th century.
“Blaming African civilians is totally misunderstanding African history,” a Twitter user said.
It would be helpful if Prince William were aware of the story. By far the largest wildlife losses in Africa took place in the early 1900s, when Europeans arrived with weapons and hunted across the continent. To blame African civilians is to totally misunderstand African history.
– Adam Armstrong (@disinfo_adam) November 24, 2021
Some went on to say that William “had no moral authority to say anything about Africa or about Africans and their lives”.
“He should spend his time reading good history books and raising his many children and spending time with his very large family spread all over the world. His opinion is sewage, ”said one Twitter user.
Mr. William has no moral authority to say anything about Africa or about Africans and their lives. He should spend his time reading good history books and raising his many children and spending time with his very large family spread across the world. His opinion is sewage🚮.
– Dr. John Njenga Karugia PhD. (@johnnjenga) November 24, 2021
But Population Matters, a British charity that campaigns to reduce population growth and its impact on the environment, welcomed the royal remarks, while also urging Britons to have fewer children
“The prince rightly draws attention to the human population as a major driver of wildlife loss worldwide, but there is a broader context where high consumption in rich developed countries such as Britain also leads to habitat destruction as forests are cleared. crops to feed British and European livestock, ”Robin Maynard, the director of charity, told The Times.
“Britain has the unfortunate honor of being one of the poorest countries in the world. The most effective action we can take to cut our spending is to choose smaller families, a choice that is not available to hundreds of millions. of women elsewhere, ”he said, citing a lack of access to safe, modern contraception in some parts of the world.