Prince William has revealed how his eight year old son Prince George has become “a bit confused and annoyed” at the state of the planet during litter picking sessions.
The Duke went on to discuss his worries about his son’s generation who might still be talking about climate change in 30 years’ time, when it “will be too late”
As part of a new BBC podcast, William said: “So George at school recently has been doing litter picking and I didn’t realise but talking to him the other day he was already showing that he was getting a bit confused and a bit sort of annoyed by the fact they went out litter picking one day and then the very next day they did the same route, same time and pretty much all the same litter they picked up back again.
“And I think that for him he was trying to understand how and where it all came from. He couldn’t understand, he’s like, ‘well, we cleaned this. Why has it not gone away?’
The future king told the podcast that he was concerned that George and his generation might still be talking about climate change in decades to come.
He added: “But it shouldn’t be that there’s a third generation now coming along having to ramp it up even more.
“And you know, for me, it would be an absolute disaster if George is sat here talking to you or your successor, you know in like 30 years’ time, whatever, still saying the same thing, because by then we will be too late.”
In an impassioned plea to two of the world’s richest men, both worth around £150billion each, the Duke of Cambridge 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.”
A new age space race between Amazon founder Bezos’s Blue Origin and Tesla founder Musk has emerged pitting two of the world’s richest and brainiest men against each other.
In contrast, father-of-three William has said he is being motivated with his environmental work to “use my little bit of influence” to help change the world for future generations.
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“I want the things that I’ve enjoyed – the outdoor life, nature, the environment – I want that to be there for my children, and not just my children but everyone else’s children.
“If we’re not careful we’re robbing from our children’s future through what we do now. And I think that’s not fair. I want to use my little bit of influence / profile to highlight incredible people doing incredible things and will genuinely help fix some of these problems.”
His comments, which will be broadcast today in an interview on the BBC Newscast podcast, come as Hollywood actor William Shatner yesterday became the oldest person to go to space.
The 90-year-old, who played Captain James T Kirk in the Star Trek films and TV series, took off from the Texas desert with three other individuals in a mission paid for by Bezos.
Mr Shatner’s trip on the rocket lasted about 10 minutes, while in July Bezos made his own 10 minute flight into space in his self funded rocket New Shepard saying it was his “best day ever!”