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Speaking to the BBC about the space race, William said: “We need some of the greatest brains and minds in the world committed to trying to fix this planet, not trying to find the next one. place to live.” On July 11, 70-year-old Sir Richard Branson made history by becoming the first billionaire in space at a reported cost of $841 million, while Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ spacecraft , Blue Origin, launched nine days later at an estimated cost of $5.5 billion.
Sir Richard said: “My mum taught me to never give up and aim for the stars.”
A seat in his Virgin Galactic will currently cost you $250,000.
Elon Musk has yet to announce his intention to shoot himself from Earth, but his company SpaceX is widely regarded as the leader of the private space industry, and Mr Musk has said his top priority is to make man an “interplanetary species”.
He added: “I think it is important for humanity to become a space civilization and a multiplanetary species, and it will take a lot of resources to build a city on Mars.
“I want to be able to contribute as much as possible to the city on Mars.
“It just means a lot of capital.”
Jeff Bezos took 82-year-old Mary Wallace “Wally” Funk on his $5.5 billion spaceflight – a woman who had trained as an astronaut in the 1960s but was denied the chance to go into space because of their gender.
Since then, Bezos said he has earned more than $100 million selling tickets to board his rocket.
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That’s $100 million that many scientists believe should have been invested in tackling climate change and other societal issues.
It would cost $6 billion to save 41 million people who are expected to starve by the end of 2021, according to UN World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley.
He wrote on Twitter: “Hey Richard Branson, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, so excited to see you guys competing to see who goes to space first! BUT, I would like to see you TEAM UP to save the 41 million people who are on the verge of starvation this year on Earth! It only takes $6 billion. We can solve this problem quickly!
Former US Secretary of Labor Robert Reich tweeted: “Anyone else worried about billionaires having their own private space race as record-breaking heatwaves unleash ‘cloud dragon ‘breathing fire’ and cook sea creatures to death in their shells?”
Others have claimed Mr Bezos could have funded Covid vaccines for two billion people in low-income countries with the money he spent to go into space for four minutes.
It could also have planted up to five billion trees or funded humanitarian efforts in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Yemen and the Horn of Africa combined.
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However, space tycoons are also committed to helping save the world.
At COP26 on Tuesday, Mr Bezos pledged $1 billion to fight climate change from his Bezos Earth Fund and said he was working with other philanthropic organizations to protect 30% of land and seas of the Earth by 2030.
He added: “I was told that seeing Earth from space changes the lens through which you see the world, but I was unprepared how true that would be.
“Looking at Earth from up there, the atmosphere seemed so thin, the world so finite and so fragile.
“Now, in this critical year, and what we all know is the breakthrough decade, we must all come together to protect our world.
“Climate change gives us a powerful reason to invest in nature.”
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A few days before Sunday, Prince Charles had met the boss of Amazon at the G20 summit in Rome.
The prince urged Mr Bezos and other corporate giants to invest their staggering wealth to save the planet by turning “fine words” into “finer actions”.
The Duke stressed that governments can invest billions in green solutions, but businesses can invest trillions – and engaging the private sector in the fight against climate change is essential.
Mr Bezos then posted on Instagram: “The Prince of Wales has been involved in the fight against climate change and protecting our beautiful people for five decades – far longer than most.
“We had the opportunity to discuss these important issues on the eve of #COP26 – looking for solutions to heal our world and how the BezosEarthFund can help.”
Considering Amazon is worth $1.7 trillion and Mr. Bezos’ net worth is $195.9 billion, do you think a $1 billion pledge to protect the environment is enough? Let us know in the comment section below.
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