The Prince of Wales says he has the same faith that the world can ‘repair and regenerate our planet’ as when John F Kennedy said he believed man could land on the moon.
William described the current era as a “critical decade” in trying to overcome the destruction of unique habitats and the pollution of the atmosphere and oceans.
Speaking during a film shown at the ceremony in Boston for his Earthshot Prizewhich honors environmental pioneers, he said, “From Moonshot to Earthshot, what seems insoluble can be solved.”
In May 1961, President Kennedy declared to Congress the goal of landing a man on the moon by the end of the decade.
Seven years later, astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon.
During the film, William says, “Earth is so splendorous and gives us so much – beauty, curiosity, joy and most importantly Earth gives us life.
“For too long, many of us have taken everything our planet gives us for granted.
“We have polluted our atmosphere and our oceans, and destroyed many unique habitats.
“This year we have seen the influence of climate change like never before with record high temperatures and extreme weather events wreaking havoc on every continent, affecting people’s health and livelihoods.”
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William continued: “The urgency needed to save the planet is accelerating, as the time we have to make meaningful change is ticking away.
“But just as President John F Kennedy believed humanity could put a man on the moon, I have the same faith today that we can repair and regenerate our planet during this critical decade.
“From Moonshot to Earthshot, what seems unsolvable can be solved.”
Earthshot finalists seek solutions that will protect and restore nature, revive the oceans, clean the air, build a waste-free world and fix the climate.
William said their “ambition and innovation” will “help put the world on a path to a stable climate, where communities, nature and oceans thrive in harmony.”
He added: “Together we can achieve a sustainable future for generations to come.
“Together, we will change the future of our planet.”