Prince William Sharing his thoughts on the spike in interest in space exploration ahead of the first day of Sunday earthshot award Awards ceremony, which recognizes individuals working to fix the planet’s environmental issues.
“We’ve seen everyone trying to push space tourism,” said Prince William bbc newscast interview Published Thursday. “We need some of the greatest minds and minds in the world who are trying to repair this planet and not try to find the next place to go and live.”
The Duke of Cambridge launched the Earthshot Prize initiative this year with a plan to reward up to five individuals each year for the next 10 years who find the “most inspiring solutions” to environmental issues such as climate change and air quality.
According to the website of the Royal Foundation, The award was given to former President John F. Kennedy’s brilliant speech to Congress, but 60 years later William says the focus needs to be shifted back to Earth.
“It’s actually quite important, we need to focus on this (planet) rather than going in and out of space to try and think about solutions for the future,” the 39-year-old royal told the BBC.
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Space tourism in the US made headlines on Wednesday: 90-year-old “Star Trek” actor William Shatner Blue Origin was joined by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in 2000 for its second manned space flight. Shatner called his travels to space “indescribable”, adding that “everyone in the world needs to do this.”
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But the Duke of Cambridge said he was fine with being left off the list.
“I’m not interested in going to that height,” William said. “I’m a pilot… but I live pretty close to the ground. I’ve gone up to 65,000 feet in a plane once and it was really awful.”
Earthshot Prize Announces 15 Finalists in September Including a 14-year-old student who proposes to use solar power to replace charcoal to power millions of roadside ironing vehicles in India; a land-based coral farm in the Bahamas to restore dying coral reefs; a community project in the Congo dedicated to protecting gorillas; and a Kenyan enterprise that turns organic waste into fertilizer and insect protein for farmers.
Finalists will be awarded a $1.4 million grant, as well as partnerships with global companies including Microsoft, Unilever, Ikea and Walmart, to support and scale the ideas development.