Prince William: Saving Earth should come before space tourism

By George Bowden
BBC News

Media caption, Watch: Prince William says the world’s best minds are wanted to “repair this planet, not find the next”

Prince William has recommended entrepreneurs should give attention to saving Earth fairly than participating in space tourism.

The Duke of Cambridge stated nice brains and minds should be “trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live”.

He additionally warned a couple of rise in “climate anxiety” amongst youthful generations.

William spoke to the BBC’s Newscast forward of the primary Earthshot Prize to reward these making an attempt to avoid wasting the planet.

The prize’s identify is a reference to the “moonshot” ambition of Sixties America, which noticed then-President John F Kennedy pledge to get a person on the moon inside a decade.

Speaking in regards to the present space race and the drive to advertise space tourism, William stated: “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.

“I feel that in the end is what offered it for me – that basically is kind of essential to be specializing in this [planet] fairly than giving up and heading out into space to try to consider options for the longer term.”

On Wednesday, Hollywood actor William Shatner became the oldest person to go to space as he blasted off aboard the Blue Origin sub-orbital capsule developed by billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

Sir Richard Branson and Elon Musk are also building up space businesses.

William told Newscast’s Adam Fleming he had “completely no curiosity” in going as high as space, adding there was a “elementary query” over the carbon cost of space flights.


Image caption, The BBC’s Adam Fleming interviewed Prince William on the Newscast podcast

He warned there was “an increase in local weather nervousness” among young people who whose “futures are principally threatened the entire time”.

“It’s very unnerving and it is very, you understand, nervousness making,” he said.

The father-of-three challenged adults to channel their inner child to “bear in mind how a lot it meant to be outside and what we’re robbing these future generations of”.

William also said his father, Prince Charles, had a “tough journey” when warning about climate change, adding: “It’s been a tough highway for him.”

He said Charles, inspired by his father, the late Duke of Edinburgh, “talked about local weather change much more, very early on, before anybody else thought it was a subject”.

The duke added that “it could be an absolute catastrophe if [Prince] George is sat right here speaking” about saving the planet in 30 year’s time.

Five winners of the Earthshot Prize, each receiving £1m, will be announced in a ceremony later this month.

Prince William does Newscast is broadcast on Thursday 14 October. You can watch it on BBC One and the News Channel. You can listen to it BBC Radio 5 Live and on BBC Sounds from 12:00 BST.

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