The Prince of Wales has likened his faith that the world can “repair and regenerate our planet” to the belief of former US President John F Kennedy that man could land on the moon.
He described the current time as a “critical decade” in trying to overcome the destruction of unique habitats, plus the pollution of the atmosphere and oceans.
William was speaking during a film aired at the ceremony in Boston for his Earthshot Prize which honours environmental pioneers.
In May 1961 President Kennedy declared to Congress the goal of landing a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to step on the moon in July 1969.
“For too long, many of us have taken for granted everything our planet gives us.
“We have polluted our atmosphere and our oceans, and have 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 causing devastation across every continent, affecting people’s health and livelihoods.
“The urgency needed to save the planet is ever accelerating, while the time we have to make meaningful changes is ebbing away.
“From Moonshot to Earthshot, the seemingly unsolvable can be solved.”
The Earthshot finalists are seeking solutions that will protect and restore nature, revive the oceans, clean air, build a waste-free world and fix the climate.
William said their “ambition and innovation” will “help put the world on a path towards 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.”