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Prince William urged world leaders to ‘think differently’ and make the ‘impossible, possible’ in an impassioned speech at the COP26 summit on Tuesday afternoon. 

The Duke of Cambridge, 39, who cut a stylish figure in a smart black suit adorned with a poppy, noted the urgency for people to ‘think differently’ if the battle against global warming is to be on its way to success within a decade.

The royal’s speech took place during the World Leaders’ Summit ‘Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment’ session of the summit in Glasgow, Scotland.

It comes just a day after the Queen’s powerful video message which highlighted the need for world leaders to put aside division and act now for the sake of ‘our children’. 

Taking to the stage, Prince William challenged world leaders to push even harder in a bid to stop devastating floods, fires and heatwaves and said: ‘If we are to achieve our goal to repair our planet in what is now less than a decade, it is our shared responsibility to continue thinking differently, acting boldly, and making the impossible, possible.’

Prince William cut a dapper figure as he attended a meeting between The Earthshot Prize Winners and finalists and several members of the Earthshot Global Alliance in Glasgow on Tuesday morning

Prince William cut a dapper figure as he attended a meeting between The Earthshot Prize Winners and finalists and several members of the Earthshot Global Alliance in Glasgow on Tuesday morning 

US politician Michael Bloomberg, one of the world's wealthiest men with a net worth estimated at more than 60 billion US dollars (£46.3 billion), who joined the royal's ambitious environmental initiative as a global adviser to the Earthshot Prize winners, is hosting today's event. Pictured, with Prince William

US politician Michael Bloomberg, one of the world’s wealthiest men with a net worth estimated at more than 60 billion US dollars (£46.3 billion), who joined the royal’s ambitious environmental initiative as a global adviser to the Earthshot Prize winners, is hosting today’s event. Pictured, with Prince William

Prince William and U.S. businessman Michael Bloomberg, second right, stand with Earthshot prize winners and finalists from left, Vidyut Mohan for Clean Air, Vaitea Cowan for Fix our Environment and Sam Teicher for Revive our Oceans

Prince William and U.S. businessman Michael Bloomberg, second right, stand with Earthshot prize winners and finalists from left, Vidyut Mohan for Clean Air, Vaitea Cowan for Fix our Environment and Sam Teicher for Revive our Oceans

Earlier, Prince William spoke during a meeting with The Earthshot Prize winners, finalists and several members of the Earthshot Global Alliance at the Glasgow Science Centre.  

The meeting provided an opportunity for Prize Winners and finalists to meet industry leaders and experts with a view towards supercharging and scaling their innovative solutions to the world’s greatest environmental challenges. 

There, William also reunited with former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, 79, who he previously joined forces with to warn against ‘environmental devastation’ and urge ‘decisive action’ to tackle climate change in a piece co-authored for USA Today.  

The US politician, one of the world’s wealthiest men with a net worth estimated at more than 60 billion US dollars (£46.3 billion), who joined the royal’s ambitious environmental initiative as a global adviser to the Earthshot Prize winners, hosted this morning’s event.    

Prince William urged world leaders to 'think differently' and make the 'impossible, possible' as they engaged in last-ditch attempts to agree a historical COP26 deal this afternoon

Prince William urged world leaders to ‘think differently’ and make the ‘impossible, possible’ as they engaged in last-ditch attempts to agree a historical COP26 deal this afternoon

Prince William (pictured) spoke just a day after the Queen's impassioned video message with highlighted the need for world leaders to put aside division and act now for the sake of 'our children'

Prince William (pictured) spoke just a day after the Queen’s impassioned video message with highlighted the need for world leaders to put aside division and act now for the sake of ‘our children’

Prince William took to the stage and challenged world leaders to push even harder

The royal said if they 'think differently' then a stop could be put to devastating floods, fires and heatwaves

Prince William (pictured, left and right) took to the stage and challenged world leaders to push even harder in a bid to stop devastating floods, fires and heatwaves

The Duke of Cambridge speaking during the World Leaders' Summit "Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment" session

The Duke of Cambridge speaking during the World Leaders’ Summit ‘Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment’ session

The royal (pictured) put on a very animated display during his impassioned speech at the COP26 summit

The royal (pictured) put on a very animated display during his impassioned speech at the COP26 summit

During the speech, the father-of-three said: 'If we are to achieve our goal to repair our planet in what is now less than a decade, it is our shared responsibility to continue thinking differently, acting boldly, and making the impossible, possible'

During the speech, the father-of-three said: ‘If we are to achieve our goal to repair our planet in what is now less than a decade, it is our shared responsibility to continue thinking differently, acting boldly, and making the impossible, possible’

Prince William (pictured) highlighted the urgency for people to 'think differently' if the battle against global warming is to be on its way to success within a decade

Prince William (pictured) highlighted the urgency for people to ‘think differently’ if the battle against global warming is to be on its way to success within a decade

The Duke of Cambridge watched a demonstration as he attends the World Leaders' Summit "Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment" session

The Duke of Cambridge watched a demonstration as he attends the World Leaders’ Summit ‘Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment’ session

Prince William took a keen interest as he watched a demonstration during the World Leaders' Summit "Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment" session

Prince William took a keen interest as he watched a demonstration during the World Leaders’ Summit ‘Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment’ session

The Global Alliance are an unprecedented network of philanthropists, NGOs and some of the world’s biggest companies and brands representing 3.6 million employees globally that together, will help support and scale the innovative and ground-breaking solutions developed by the Earthshot Prize winners and finalists. 

It was later than Prince William and The Earthshot Prize winners and finalists featured at the key meeting of World Leaders which took place at COP26.

During the ‘Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment’ session in one of the plenary rooms, Prince William addressed the assembled world leaders and introduced the winners and finalists of the inaugural Earthshot Prize Awards, which took place on 17th October. 

The royal was joined on stage by 15-year-old India-based Vinisha Umashankar, the youngest Earthshot Prize Finalist. 

Prince William spoke with Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission at the World Leaders' Summit "Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment" session

Prince William spoke with Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission at the World Leaders’ Summit ‘Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment’ session

Prince William donned a protective face mask amid the Covid-19 pandemic

The royal cut a dapper display in a smart suit and tie

2021 sees the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference. The conference will run from 31 October for two weeks, finishing on 12 November. It was meant to take place in 2020 but was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Pictured left sand right, Prince William

The royal, donning headphones and a protective face mask, could be seen preparing before he took to the stage

The royal, donning headphones and a protective face mask, could be seen preparing before he took to the stage

Prince William arrived for the Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment event

Ahead of his speech at the World Leaders' Summit

Prince William arrived (left and right) arrived for the Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment event at the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit

A general view as Prince William took to the stage at the World Leaders' Summit "Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment" session

A general view as Prince William took to the stage at the World Leaders’ Summit ‘Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment’ session

Prince William was seen speaking with President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta during this afternoon's summit

Prince William was seen speaking with President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta during this afternoon’s summit

Vinisha’s solar-powered ironing cart is a clean alternative to the charcoal-powered street irons that press clothes for millions of Indians each day.

Concerned by the burning of charcoal on the health of her local ironing vendors and the impact on air quality across India, her solar-powered invention means five hours of sunshine can power the iron for six hours. 

Extra mobility means vendors can sell on doorsteps as well as the roadside and built-in phone top up and charging points bring extra income too. 

Vinisha’s example shows that by innovating today, the next generation can create a cleaner tomorrow.

The Duke of Cambridge donned a smart black suit adorned with a poppy as he started a busy day of engagements on the second day of COP26. Pictured, speaking with a group prior to a meeting with Earthshot prize winners and finalists

The Duke of Cambridge donned a smart black suit adorned with a poppy as he started a busy day of engagements on the second day of COP26. Pictured, speaking with a group prior to a meeting with Earthshot prize winners and finalists

The royal was also seen donning a protective face mask as he spoke with a group prior to a meeting with Earthshot prize winners and finalists

The royal was also seen donning a protective face mask as he spoke with a group prior to a meeting with Earthshot prize winners and finalists

Prince William takes to the stage as he makes an address during a meeting with Earthshot prize winners and finalists

Prince William takes to the stage as he makes an address during a meeting with Earthshot prize winners and finalists

The Duke of Cambridge speaks with US businessman Michael Bloomberg prior to a meeting with Earthshot prize winners and finalists at the Glasgow Science Centre on the sidelines of the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit

The Duke of Cambridge speaks with US businessman Michael Bloomberg prior to a meeting with Earthshot prize winners and finalists at the Glasgow Science Centre on the sidelines of the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit

The meeting will provide an opportunity for Prize Winners and finalists to meet industry leaders and experts with a view towards supercharging and scaling their innovative solutions to the world’s greatest environmental challenges. Pictured, Prince William spoke with a group prior to a meeting with Earthshot prize winners and finalists

The meeting will provide an opportunity for Prize Winners and finalists to meet industry leaders and experts with a view towards supercharging and scaling their innovative solutions to the world’s greatest environmental challenges. Pictured, Prince William spoke with a group prior to a meeting with Earthshot prize winners and finalists

The Duke of Cambridge spoke with prize winner for Fix our Climate, Vaitea Cowan (pictured)

The Duke of Cambridge spoke with prize winner for Fix our Climate, Vaitea Cowan (pictured)

William also reunited with former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, 79, who he previously joined forces with to warn against 'environmental devastation' and urge 'decisive action' to tackle climate change in a piece co-authored for USA Today. Pictured, together

William also reunited with former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, 79, who he previously joined forces with to warn against ‘environmental devastation’ and urge ‘decisive action’ to tackle climate change in a piece co-authored for USA Today. Pictured, together

US politician (pictured) Michael R. Bloomberg is one of the world's wealthiest men with a net worth estimated at more than 60 billion US dollars (£46.3 billion)

US politician (pictured) Michael R. Bloomberg is one of the world’s wealthiest men with a net worth estimated at more than 60 billion US dollars (£46.3 billion)

Ahead of the session, the winner and finalists of the Fix our Climate Earthshot displayed their pioneering solutions on stage in the Plenary Hall. 

This included Thailand, Italy and Germany-based AEM Electrolyser from Enapter, who won The Earthshot Prize to Fix Our Climate and £1 million in last month’s ceremony for their ingenious green hydrogen technology that has the power to transform how we power our homes and buildings and fuel our transport. 

Bangladesh-based finalist SOLbazaar showcased the technology behind the world’s first peer-to-peer energy exchange network and Reeddi Capsules for their solar-powered energy capsule which is transforming clean energy across Nigeria.

Following this, Prince William will then join The Earthshot Prize winners and finalists to meet with senior Government representatives from some of the countries of the winners and finalists. 

This informal gathering will be an opportunity for them all to engage directly with their Governments on their ambitious plans to scale their solutions.



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