The Duke of Cambridge has encouraged entrepreneurs to focus on fixing climate change rather than going to space.
Prince William said the world’s greatest minds and minds are “trying to repair this planet, not trying to go and find the next place to live”.
he talked to BBC’< Newscast podcast to promote Earthshot Rewards. The Global Prize for the Environment will reward those trying to find solutions to climate change and will have its inaugural awards ceremony on October 17.
The award’s name is a reference to the “moonlight” ambition of the Apollo 11 spacecraft mission in the 1960s.
Prince William told BBC That “we need some of the greatest minds and minds in the world who are trying to repair this planet, not going and trying to find the next place to live”.
“I guess that’s what ultimately sold it for me,” he continued. “It’s actually quite important to focus on” [planet] Instead of going in and out of space to try and think about solutions for the future”.
His remarks come after billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos successfully completed the second crewed voyage for his suborbital capsule New Shepard.
Hollywood actor William Shatner became the oldest person in space at the age of 90 aboard the capsule on Wednesday.
Sir Richard Branson and Elon Musk both also have space exploration companies.
Prince William said he has “absolutely no interest” in going to space and pointed to the “fundamental question” of the carbon cost of space flights.
He praised his father, Prince Charles, for talking about climate change for decades in the wake of apathy and protests. He said his father had a “tough ride”, adding: “It has been a rough road for him”.
He said Prince Charles was inspired by his father, the late Duke of Edinburgh, to talk more about the climate opportunity “before anyone else thought it was a topic”.
Prince William also spoke about his fears for generations to come and the “increased climate anxiety” among young people.
He challenges adults to reflect back on their childhoods and “remember how much it means to be outside and what we are robbing those future generations of”.
He said that “it would be a complete disaster if [Prince] George is sitting here” talking about climate change in 30 years’ time.
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