Prince William denounces space tourism after William Shatner’s flight | Space News
âWe need some of the greatest brains and minds in the world determined to try to fix this planet, not to try to find the next place to go to live,â Royal said.
Britain’s Prince William on Thursday launched an attack on space tourism, calling for more attention to issues closer to home ahead of the COP26 climate summit.
The comments from Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson will air in an interview with the BBC later Thursday, a day after William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the long-running Star Trek sci-fi franchise, either became a true space traveler in Blue Origin’s second crewed mission.
The mission reenacted the company’s first human flight in July, which included its founder Jeff Bezos from Amazon and was seen as a breakthrough for the emerging space tourism industry.
But Prince William said: “We need some of the greatest brains and minds in the world determined to try to fix this planet, not to try to find the next place to go to live.”
Virgin Galactic, which offers a similar experience of minutes of weightlessness and a view of the Earth’s curvature from the cosmos, launched its founder Richard Branson in July, days before Bezos.
William was speaking Sunday ahead of the inaugural Earthshot Prize, his initiative to honor those working on environmental solutions.
Ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow, which will begin on October 31, he warned world leaders against “smart talk, smart words, but not enough action”.
“It would be an absolute disaster if [my son] George is setting here talking to youâ¦ about 30 years from now he’s still saying the same thing, because by then it will be too late.
William’s father, Prince Charles, a longtime environmentalist, also stressed the need for action rather than the words of leaders in preparing for the UN climate summit.
“He’s had a really tough race on that, and I think you know he’s proven he’s way ahead of the curve, way beyond his time to warn of some of these dangers. “William said.
“But it shouldn’t be that there is now a third generation that needs to increase it even more.”
Queen Elizabeth and Princes Charles and William are expected to attend events at the two-week summit.
The rally will try to persuade major developing economies to do more to reduce their carbon emissions and get the rich world to fork out billions more to help poorer countries adapt to climate change.
“I want the things that I enjoyed – the outdoor life, nature, the environment – I want it to be there for my kids, and not just my kids but everyone else’s kids,” said said William.
âIf we’re not careful, we are stealing our children’s future through what we do now. And I think that’s not fair.