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William Shatner urges King Charles to tell COP28 'we’re all going to die'

The Star Trek star blamed 'stupid humans' for endangering the future of their own existence.

William Shatner appeared on GMB to talk about climate change. (ITV)
William Shatner appeared on GMB to talk about climate change. (ITV)

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Star Trek star William Shatner has called on King Charles to issue a death warning in the royal's opening speech at COP28.

The British monarch is due to give the opening address at the United Nation's global climate summit in Dubai and the sci-fi actor has urged him to be blunt.

Shatner dappeared on Good Morning Britain to share his fears about climate change and the dangers it poses to human existence.

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Britain's King Charles III delivers a speech during the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords Chamber, in London, Britain, November 7, 2023. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERS
King Charles III will give the opening address at UN global climate summits COP28. (Reuters)

Shatner — known for his role as Captain Kirk in Star Trek — shared his hopes for King Charles to be very clear about what global warming is doing to Planet Earth.

He told GMB: “He’s got to say ‘We’re all going to die’. That’s what he should say to open up with. ‘Very quickly, we’re all going to die,' he should say.”

He added: “England is one of the foremost countries in the world and it has to lead.”

Shatner shared his concerns for the future of the human race. But he also blamed the climate crisis on "stupid humans".

The Canadian star told Good Morning Britain’s North America correspondent Noel Phillips: “We’re burrowing into our own graves.

“We’re dying man. Your children are going to have difficulty living. Do you understand that?

Canadian actor William Shatner glances upwards in a scene from an episode of the television series 'Star Trek' entitled 'The Man Trap,' 1966. The episode was the first broadcast episode of the influential series--it originally aired on September 8, 1966. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
William Shatner as Captain James T Kirk in Star Trek in 1966. (Getty Images)

“Insects are going extinct. We don’t go around saying, ‘Oh my God, insects are going’. Who cares? And we stupid human beings don’t even know they existed in the first place.”

Shatner rose to fame playing Star Trek's Captain Kirk in the original 1960s sci fi television series set aboard the Starship Enterprise.

The actor travelled to space in October 2021 on the Blue Origin capsule that also contained Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

Blue Origins vice president of mission and flight operations Audrey Powers, Star Trek actor William Shatner, and Planet Labs co-founder Chris Boshuizen wave during a media availability on the landing pad of Blue Origin’s New Shepard after they flew into space on October 13, 2021 near Van Horn, Texas. Shatner became the oldest person to fly into space on the ten minute flight. They flew aboard mission NS-18, the second human spaceflight for the company which is owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Star Trek actor William Shatner travelled to space in 2021. (Getty Images)

He has since revealed that the experience of being in space made him realise the fragility of our planet and he has become an environmental activist.

Shatner wrote in his memoir: "When I looked in the opposite direction, into space, there was no mystery, no majestic awe to behold... all I saw was death.

"I had thought that going into space would be the ultimate catharsis of that connection I had been looking for between all living things - that being up there would be the next beautiful step to understanding the harmony of the universe.

"It was among the strongest feelings of grief I have ever encountered. The contrast between the vicious coldness of space and the warm nurturing of Earth below filled me with overwhelming sadness... My trip to space was supposed to be a celebration; instead, it felt like a funeral."

Good Morning Britain airs on ITV from 6am to 9am from Monday to Friday.

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