(Photo: Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)
BELLA BELLA, B.C. — Prince William spoke today about the need to protect the environment as he dedicated a British Columbia rain forest to an initiative started by the Queen to create a network of conservation programs across the Commonwealth.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Great Bear Rain Forest on B.C.’s central coast on a day when their itinerary was blown apart by the weather.
“This is a substantial dedication, which will highlight a more collaborative approach to sustainable forest conservation,” he said.
“The establishment of the canopy is a loud and unambiguous statement that the citizens of all Commonwealth countries believe that nature is fundamental to the health of our societies. When we protect our rivers, oceans, atmospheres, or like today our forests, we are telling our children that their future prosperity cannot be disconnected from the health of the natural world.”
B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced Monday that a $1-million trust will be created to celebrate the royal visit and promote the unique landscape. The fund will help raise awareness about the Great Bear Rainforest and support ongoing research.