Prince William calls for an end to space race as ‘must focus on repairing this planet’

Prince William stressed the space race and space tourism, saying the world’s greatest minds should instead focus on fixing the world.

The Duke of Cambridge’s comments in an interview with BBC Newscast on BBC Sounds will air one day after Star Trek’s William Shatner makes history as the oldest person in space.

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The 90-year-old actor, best known for his role as Captain James T Kirk, took off from the Texas desert on Wednesday in a rocket built by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ space travel company Blue Origin.

Interviewed on climate change ahead of the first Earthshot Prize awards, the duke said: “We need some of the world’s greatest minds and minds to be committed to repairing this planet, not finding the next place to go and live. ”

He also warned of “wise speech, clever words but not enough action” at the Cop26 summit, where world leaders will meet in Glasgow at the end of the month.

“I think it’s critical that the COP communicate very clearly and honestly what the problems are and what the solutions will be,” he said.

“We can’t speak wisely, we can’t have wise words, but we don’t have enough action.”

The Duke voiced concerns about the rise of climate anxiety in the youth and said it would be “absolute disaster” for his eldest son, Prince George, to have to talk about the same issue 30 years later when it was too late. .

“We are seeing an increase in climate anxiety. You know, people, young people now grow up where their futures are basically threatened.

“It’s very frustrating and very, you know, worrisome,” he said.

His father, the Prince of Wales, who is known for his longstanding commitment to green issues, added that he had a “really tough journey” when he first started talking about climate change.

Interviewed by Newscast presenter Adam Fleming, the duke said that his late grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, initiated royal interest in environmental issues.

He said of his father, Charles: “It’s been a tough road for him. My grandfather started helping the WWF a long time ago with his nature studies and biodiversity, and I think my father somehow pushed that forward and talked about climate change much earlier, very early, before anyone else thought it was an issue. .

“So yeah, he’s had a really rough ride on this one, and I think he’s proven to be way beyond the curve.

“He is well ahead of his time warning about some of these dangers.

“However, it should not be the emergence of a third generation that has to increase this further.

“And you know, if George is sitting here talking to you or your successor Adam, 30 years later, anyway, if he’s still saying the same thing, that would be an absolute disaster for me, because by then we’re too late.”

She added that since she had children of her own, her perspective has changed. children but everyone’s children.

“If we are not careful, we are stealing our children’s future with what we are doing now. And I don’t think that’s fair.”

He discussed the ambitious Earthshot Award, saying it was about trying to create action.

The £50m initiative aims to find solutions to the planet’s problems over the next ten years.

The winners in the five categories this year will each receive £1m to develop their project after being selected by a jury.

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William and Kate attend a star-studded ceremony hosted by Clara Amfo and Dermot O’Leary at London’s Alexandra Palace on Sunday.

“The award itself will encourage action and solutions that many people have yet to come up with, and so I hope, you know, the award will mobilize a lot of responsible people, you know, to go further. , bigger and actually starting to deliver,” the duke said.

Cop26 is the deadline the world is expected to bring in more ambitious plans over a five-year cycle to achieve its Paris goals.

The 2015 Paris Agreement commits countries to continue efforts to limit temperature rises to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels and to 1.5C, where the most dangerous climate impacts will be felt.

The conference kicks off in Glasgow on 31 October.

BBC News Broadcast: The Prince William Interview will be broadcast on BBC Sounds and BBC 5 Live. It also airs on Thursday 14 October at 11:35 PM on BBC One and on the BBC News Channel and BBC iPlayer.

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