Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are always working towards helping causes that are important to them. In fact, the majority of their social media posts are dedicated to highlighting a charity or cause that needs support.
One issue that has been increasingly important to the royal couple is slowing down climate change. The couple frequently talks about going green and what people can do to reduce their impact on the environment.
Because of how much they speak about the issue, they came under fire when they took a private plane to Nice, France.
The private jet scandal
Markle and Prince Harry recently took their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor on vacation to Elton John’s house in France. John allowed them to use his private jet.
The public did not take kindly to this news and bashed the royal couple so much that John had to defend them on his Instagram.
“After a hectic year continuing their hard work and dedication to charity, David and I wanted the young family to have a private holiday inside the safety and tranquility of our home,” the singer wrote. “To maintain a high level of much-needed protection, we provided them with a private jet flight. To support Prince Harry’s commitment to the environment, we ensured their flight was carbon neutral, by making the appropriate contribution to Carbon Footprint™.”
Prince Harry’s new initiative
Prince Harry’s new initiative, Travalyst, will work to combat the harmful effects that traveling has on the environment.
“Travel has the unparalleled power to open people’s minds to different cultures, new experiences, and to have a profound appreciation for what our world has to offer,” Harry said in a statement. “As tourism inevitably grows, it is critically important to accelerate the adoption of sustainable practices worldwide and to balance this growth with the needs of the environment and the local population. Bringing companies, consumers, and communities together is our best chance to protect destinations and ecosystems for future generations.”
Partnering with huge companies like Booking.com, Skyscanner, Ctrip, TripAdvisor, and Visa, Travalyst will help tourists make more environmentally conscious decisions and give tips on how to offset carbon emissions and support the communities in different destinations.
“If conducted responsibly, tourism can benefit communities for generations,” the Duke of Sussex said at the unveiling of the initiative yesterday. “It can build schools, create jobs, strengthen safety nets – and it can create a virtuous cycle, as communities protect what promotes further tourism,” he said. “Sustainability and economic stability, we believe, are two sides of the same coin. After all, healthy ecosystems are the lifeline for all of us.”
What inspired Travalyst?
Some fans think that this new project is a bit of a PR stunt to offset the fact that Harry and Markle fly in private jets, but the idea actually goes much further back than their recent trip to France.
Travalyst was sparked in 2012 when Harry met a young boy while visiting a coral reef replanting project in the Caribbean.
“I had a 7-year-old come up to me, tug my shirt, and say with such conviction: ‘Because of your country, my country’s coral reef is dying,'” Harry said.
“This boy, despite his age, had touched on a powerful truth. He already understood that the environmental damage caused to the reef was created by the actions of people outside of his country. And he was absolutely spot on.”
“His words deeply affected me because they revealed the full impact outsiders can have on a community without even realizing it.”