The Duke of Cambridge has criticized the space race and space tourism, saying that the world’s greatest minds should focus on trying to fix the Earth.
Prince William’s comments, in an interview with Newscast on BBC Sounds, will be broadcast the day after William Shatner made history by becoming the oldest person in space.
The 90-year-old actor, best known for his role as Captain James T Kirk on Star Trek, took off from the Texas desert on Wednesday in a rocket built by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ space travel company Blue Origin.
The prince, who was interviewed about the climate crisis before his inaugural Earthshot awards, said: “We need some of the best brains and minds in the world focused on trying to repair this planet, not on finding the next place to go live. . “
He also warned attendees at the Cop26 summit, where world leaders will meet in Glasgow at the end of the month, against “smart speech, smart words but not enough action.”
“I think it is essential that Cop communicates very clearly and honestly what the problems are and what the solutions will be,” he said. “We can’t have smarter speech, smart words but not enough action.”
William expressed concern about an increase in climate anxiety in young people, saying it would be an “absolute disaster” if his eldest son, Prince George, had to speak on the same topic in 30 years when it would be too late.
“We are seeing an increase in climate anxiety. The youth are now growing up where their future is basically threatened all the time. It is very disconcerting and generates a lot of anxiety, ”he said.
He added that his father, the Prince of Wales, who is known for his long-standing commitment to ecological issues, had a “really rough ride” when he began to speak out about the climate crisis.
William, who was interviewed by Newscast host Adam Fleming, said his late grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, had started a real interest in environmental issues.
He said of Charles: “It has been a difficult road for him. My grandfather started helping WWF a long time ago with his work on nature and biodiversity, and I think my father made progress on that and talked a lot more about climate change, early on, before anyone thought it was an issue. . .
“So yeah, he’s had a really tough ride on that, and I think it has shown that he’s way ahead of the curve. Well beyond your time to warn of some of these dangers.
“But it should not be that there is a third generation that has to increase even more. And you know, to me, it would be an absolute disaster if George was sitting here talking to you or your successor, Adam, you know, 30 years from now, whatever, still saying the same thing, because by then we’ll be too late. “
She added that her point of view had changed since she had children: “I want the things that I enjoyed – the outdoors, the nature, the environment – I want that to be there for my children, and not only for my children but for everyone else. kids.
“If we are not careful, we are stealing our children’s future through what we do now. And I think that’s not fair. “
William spoke about his Earthshot award, saying it was about trying to create action.