Prince William criticises the space race and space tourism, said, “Great minds should focus on saving Earth, instead of space travel.”
In an interview with Newscast on BBC Sounds before his Earth shot prize awards, The Duke of Cambridge also warned about a rise in ‘climate anxiety’ among younger generations.
The comments from Prince William come the day after William Shatner, 90, made history by becoming the oldest person to travel in space.
The prince said: “We need some of the world’s greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live.”
Sharing his concerns regarding the Cop26 summit, where world leaders will gather in Glasgow at the end of the month, he also warned the attendees saying “clever speak, clever words but not enough action”.
“I think for Cop to communicate very clearly and very honestly what the problems are and what the solutions are going to be, is critical,” he said. “We can’t have more clever speak, clever words but not enough action.”
William expressed his concerns about a rise in climate anxiety in young people.
He said it would be an “absolute disaster” if his eldest son, Prince George, was having to talk about the same issue in 30 years when it would be too late.
“We are seeing a rise in climate anxiety. Young people now are growing up where their futures are basically threatened the whole time. It’s very unnerving and it’s very anxiety making,” the Duke added.
He further went on to say that his father, the Prince of Wales, who is known for his longstanding commitment to green issues, had a “really rough ride” when he first started talking about the climate crisis.
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