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‘Imperialist Colonizer:’ Prince William Blames African Population Growth for Wildlife Loss

Prince William’s statements on Tuesday about how Africa’s growing population is affecting the continent’s wildlife are not going well, especially among those who view the royal family as an anachronistic relic of Britain’s racist colonizing past.

At the Tusk Conservation Awards, the Duke of Cambridge said: “The increasing pressure on wildlife and wilderness in Africa from human growth is a huge challenge for conservationists, as it is around the world.”

According to the Times UK, Africa’s population will double to 2.5 billion by 2050, and the expansion of agriculture and other forms of development is seen as a serious threat to many endangered species.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOV 22: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge poses with the Tusk Conservation Awards winners and finalists at the Tusk Conservation Awards on November 22, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Toby Melville – WPA Pool / Getty Images)

But William’s remarks seemed oversimplified to many regarding the complex causes of wildlife extinction. It seemed to critics that the future king of Britain was attacking Africans for having too many children.

As such, his comments echoed those he made at the Tusk charity event in November 2017. He spoke of Africa’s “staggering” population growth putting “tremendous pressure” on wildlife, raising questions about royal hypocrisy and his personal family planning choices.

At the time, William and his wife Kate Middleton were expecting their third child, Prince Louis.

Phil Dampierre, author of books on the royal family, tweeted at the time: “If Prince William thinks there are too many people in the world, shouldn’t he and Kate be left with two children themselves?”

Following William’s comments on Tuesday night, critics on social media said he sounded like a wealthy, titled European who continues to view Africa as a place to colonize or be used as a playground for tourism.

“Prince William wants to dictate to Africans, as his family of imperialist colonialists have done for 100 years,” tweeted by one person… “Africa has no population congestion problems and this is not a trophy hunting spot for Europeans.”

Others noted that William’s views did not take into account the “broader context” of climate change, population density, and distribution of natural resources.

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“The prince rightly cites population growth as a key factor in wildlife extinction,” Robin Maynard, director of the Population Matters charity, told Euronews.com. “There is also a broader context: high consumption in rich, developed countries such as the UK also leads to habitat destruction, climate change and environmental pollution – all factors leading to extinctions. Here, too, it is important to pay attention to our consumption ”.

Many of the Twitter comments relate to the complexities Maynard has been addressing, but they are severing their views on William and the royal family.

“I have yet to hear Prince William talk about how much his own family has contributed to the current climate catastrophe.” one person said… “How much CO2 they emit from their palaces, private jets and helicopters that they use as Uber. For all the children they have and for the energy they consume. “

Someone else added: “Prince William has three children who will fly private jets many times by the age of 10. Overpopulation is not the problem. The problem is the overconsumption of people like him. “

Maynard agreed that couples in developed countries can choose small families to help reduce overconsumption of natural resources, but he said such choices are not available to “hundreds of millions of women” elsewhere in the world.

This is especially true in sub-Saharan Africa, he said, noting that the UK government has cut funding for international family planning assistance.

“The number of women with an unmet need for safe modern contraception is growing in sub-Saharan Africa,” Maynard said. “Providing women with access to and choice of contraception is critical to reducing poverty, promoting development and giving more space to nature.”

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