Prince Harry rallies Hollywood to his cause. Now settled in Los Angeles with his wife Meghan Markle and their two children, Archie and Lilibet, the Duke of Sussex is more committed than ever to causes close to his heart, such as mental health but also the environment. After associating Travalyst, his company founded in 2019, with Google, to allow tourists to make more responsible travel choices, he has just called for an immediate suspension of oil and gas drilling in the basin of the Okavango River, which flows through Angola, Namibia and Botswana, and supplies water to nearly one million people.
An appeal launched through Rewild, and which has been heard by several movie personalities, who have joined the cause of Prince Harry. Among them, Leonardo DiCaprio, fervent defender of the environment in Hollywood and producer of the documentary Before the Flood, but also the actors Forest Whitaker and Djimon Hounsou. “We believe it would plunder the ecosystem for potential profit,” they said in a statement, criticizing Canadian oil and gas company Reconnaissance Energy Africa, which began drilling the Okavango River Basin in late 2020. ” There are things in life that are best left untouched to achieve their purpose as a natural benefit, ”he stressed.
Prince Harry accused of hypocrite in terms of ecology
A major commitment for Prince Harry, who, if he is hailed for his desire to have only two children for ecological reasons, is also regularly pinned for his choices in terms of transport. Qualified as a hypocrite, he is indeed regularly criticized for having taken in no less than two years 21 private jets for trips. “It is totally hypocritical of Prince Harry or other members of the royal family to lecture people about climate change when they emit more carbon than almost everyone on the planet,” had tackled a former British minister. For his environmental commitments, the Duke of Sussex will also have to do without the compliments of his father Prince Charles, who currently reserves these for Prince William.
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