Speaking to BBC Newscast ahead of the announcement of the first Earthshot award last year, Prince William noted that Earth’s “greatest minds” needed to be focused on tackling climate change. The Earthshot Prize, which was launched by Prince William and Sir David Attenborough, is a £1million grant given to each winner for solutions to the world’s biggest climate challenges.
Described as the ‘Nobel Prize for Environmentalism’, the collective £50million prize is the biggest environmental prize ever awarded.
In the interview, Prince William said: “I want the things that I have enjoyed, the outdoor life and the kind of nature and environment… I want it to always be there, not just for my children. , but for all other children .
“If we’re not careful, we’re stealing our children’s future, which we’re doing now, and that’s not fair.
“The idea that the space race is on right now, we’ve seen everyone trying to get space tourism started.
“It’s the idea that we need the greatest minds and brains in the world to be committed to trying to fix this planet and not trying to find the next one to live on.
“I think that’s ultimately what sold me – it’s really crucial to focus on that [planet] rather than giving up and heading off into space to try to figure out solutions for the future.”
It seems like a dig at the various companies looking to start their own space programs, with the aim of creating a new space tourism industry or the ambitious goals of colonizing neighboring planets like Mars.
Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, has made it his mission to make humanity a multi-planetary species, through a colony on Mars.
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He also added that his son, Prince George of Cambridge, has also started participating in conservation activities at school.
Prince William said: ‘George at school recently picked up rubbish.
“He was already showing that he was getting a bit confused and a a bit annoyed, by the fact that they went out to pick up litter one day, then the next day they did the same route at the same time, and pretty much all the same litter, they picked up again.