Prince William denounces space tourism, says billionaires should focus on saving Earth |
Prince William criticized billionaires who focus on space tourism, saying they should instead invest more time and money to save Earth.
The Duke of Cambridge spoke about the current rush for space travel in an interview with the BBC’s Newscast podcast, which aired Thursday.
He 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.”
William, a former air ambulance helicopter pilot, said he had “absolutely no interest” in going as high as space.
He also expressed concern about the environmental impact of space tourism, adding that there was a “fundamental question” about the carbon cost of space flights.
Prince William’s comments aired just a day after “Star Trek” star William Shatner, 90, became the oldest person to go to space aboard a New Shepard spacecraft, developed by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin – who sent the billionaire himself into space this summer.
Bezos isn’t the only wealthy entrepreneur to have jumped into space recently.
In July, Richard Branson flew into space aboard a supersonic aircraft developed by his company Virgin Galactic.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has also made forays into the space industry – he founded SpaceX, and in September, the company’s Inspiration4 flight carried four tourists on a three-day orbital mission.
Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, and SpaceX are all expected to continue their efforts to promote space tourism.
The second in line to the British throne is an avid environmentalist and later this month will reveal the five winners of his Earthshot Prize – a Nobel-like prize for the environment.
The father-of-three stressed his desire to ensure that his own children and future generations do not have to worry about fixing the Earth, adding that it would be an “absolute disaster” if his son, Prince George, spoke up. to save the planet in 30 years.
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