The Duke of Cambridge has encouraged entrepreneurs to focus on fighting climate change instead of flying into space.
Prince William said the world’s best minds “should try to fix this planet, not try to find the next place to live”.
He talked to that BBC ‘s newscast podcast promoting the new Earthshot award. The global environmental award will reward those who find solutions to climate change and will be ceremoniously presented on October 17th.
The name of the award refers to the “moon shot” ambitions of the Apollo 11 space mission in the 1960s.
Prince William said that BBC that “we need some of the best minds and minds in the world focused on fixing this planet, not finding the next place to live”.
“I think that ultimately sold it for me,” he continued. “It’s really crucial to focus on it [planet] instead of giving up and going into space to find solutions for the future ”.
His comments come shortly after billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos successfully completed a second crewed trip for his suborbital capsule New Shepard.
Hollywood actor William Shatner, who was on board the capsule on Wednesday, was the oldest person to fly into space at the age of 90.
Sir Richard Branson and Elon Musk also have space exploration companies.
Prince William said he had “absolutely no interest” in going into space, referring to the “fundamental question” of the carbon cost of space flights.
He praised his father, Prince Charles, for having spoken about climate change for decades in the wake of apathy and opposition. He said his father had had a “rough ride” and added, “It’s been a tough road for him”.
He said Prince Charles was inspired by his father, the late Duke of Edinburgh, to talk much more about climate change “before others thought it was an issue”.
Prince William also spoke about his fears for future generations, speaking of “an increase in climate fear” among young people.
He urged adults to think back to their childhood and remember how much it means to be outside and what we are robbing these future generations.
He added: “It would be an absolute disaster if [Prince] George is sitting here talking about climate change in 30 years.