Prince William tells Cate Blanchett he is 'stubborn optimist' over tackling climate change in podcast chat

PRINCE William meets Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett and tells her he is a “stubborn optimist” over tackling climate change.

The Duke of Cambridge said he wants more women winners in his £50million Earthshot Prize while speaking on a podcast with the Hollywood star.

He told how his appreciation of the natural world was "piqued" by his father and grandfather's "passion" for it, and described boyhood memories of climbing trees, digging ditches and being out in the "wild and the wet".

Five million pounds was handed out to projects aimed at cutting climate change in the next decade for his Earthshot Prize at an eco-friendly bash at London's Alexandra Palace last year .

He told Cate he felt like a "stubborn optimist".

William added: "I really do think it can be done in much quicker time than we anticipate because the solutions are out there.


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“There are real solutions to these problems."

The duke said he would like prize winners Living Seawalls – which creates artificial homes for sealife on man-made water structures – to be installed under the water along the River Thames.

William chatted on the Climate of Change podcast from Audible, hosted by Blanchett, a member of the Earthshot Prize Council or judging panel, and climate entrepreneur and activist Danny Kennedy, who nominated a number of projects for the competition.

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