Prince William has criticized the space race and space tourism, saying we should be focussing on protecting planet Earth instead.
â€œWe need some of the worldâ€™s greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live,â€ the Duke of Cambridge said when asked about climate change.
Prince William was interviewed by BBC â€œNewscastâ€ on BBC Sounds ahead of the first Earthshot Prize awards, a reward for people who are trying to save the planet.
The name of the prize is a reference to the â€œmoonshotâ€ ambition of 1960â€²s America, which saw President John F Kennedy pledge to get a man on the moon within a decade.
The princeâ€™s comments will be aired the day after William Shatner made history by becoming the oldest person in space.
Known for his role as Captain Kirk, the 90-year-old actor lifted off from the Texas desert on Wednesday in a rocket built by Amazon founder Jeff Bezosâ€™s space travel company Blue Origin.
The duke also warned the Cop26 summit, where world leaders will gather in Glasgow at the end of the month, against â€œclever speak, clever words but not enough action.â€
â€œI think for COP to communicate very clearly and very honestly what the problems are and what the solutions are going to be, is critical,â€ he said.
â€œWe canâ€™t have more clever speak, clever words but not enough action.â€
The duke expressed his worries about a rise in climate anxiety in young people, and said it would be an â€œabsolute disasterâ€ if his eldest son, Prince George, was having to talk about the same issue in 30 yearsâ€™ time when it was too late.
â€œWe are seeing a rise in climate anxiety. You know, people, young people now are growing up where their futures are basically threatened the whole time. Itâ€™s very unnerving and itâ€™s very, you know, anxiety making,â€ he said.
William added that his father the Prince of Wales, who is known for his long-standing commitment to green issues, had a â€œreally rough rideâ€ when he first started talking about climate change.
The duke, who was interviewed by â€œNewscastâ€ presenter Adam Fleming, said his late grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh had started the royal interest in environmental issues.
When speaking about his father Charles, Prince William said: â€œItâ€™s been a hard road for him. My grandfather started off helping out WWF a long time ago with its nature work and biodiversity, and I think that my fatherâ€™s sort of progressed that on and talked about climate change a lot more, very early on, before anyone else thought it was a topic. So yes, heâ€™s had a really rough ride on that, and I think you know heâ€™s been proven to being well ahead of the curve.â€
He added that his viewpoint had changed since he had his own children, saying: â€œI want the things that Iâ€™ve enjoyed â€“ the outdoor life, nature, the environment â€“ I want that to be there for my children, and not just my children but everyone elseâ€™s children.
â€œIf weâ€™re not careful weâ€™re robbing from our childrenâ€™s future through what we do now. And I think thatâ€™s not fair.â€
The winners in the five categories this year will each receive Â£1 million to develop their projects after being chosen by a judging panel. William and the Duchess of Cambridge are attending the star-studded ceremony, hosted by Clara Amfo and Dermot Oâ€™Leary, at Alexandra Palace in London on Sunday.
â€œThe prize itself will stimulate solutions and action that a lot of people havenâ€™t necessarily produced yet, and so Iâ€™m hoping, you know, the prize will galvanise a lot of people in positions of responsibility to, you know, go further, bigger and actually start to deliver,â€ the duke said.
Cop26 is the deadline by which countries are expected to bring forward more ambitious plans, under a five-year cycle, to get the world on track to meet the Paris goals.
The 2015 Paris Agreement commits countries to keeping temperature rises to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit them to 1.5C â€“ beyond which the most dangerous climate impacts will be felt.The conference begins in Glasgow on October 31.
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