ThePrince William on Thursday criticized the race for space tourism, calling for a focus instead on the planet’s problems ahead of the major climate conference (COP26) in Glasgow.
“Some of the best minds and minds in this world should try to fix this planet first, not try to find the next place to live,” William, 39, said in an interview with the BBC before the first edition was released on Sunday. Earthshot Prize for Solutions to the Climate Crisis.
Several trips in a few weeks
The criticism comes after a few-minute flight into space on Wednesday by Star Strek actor William Shatner aboard a Blue Origin rocket. At the age of ninety, he became the oldest person to reach the final limit.
This was the second manned flight of the rocket by American billionaire Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, who intends to establish himself as a major player in the coveted space tourism sector, which also includes British billionaires Richard Branson and American Elon Musk.
No more time to waste
Ahead of COP26, Prince William, second in the line of succession to the British throne, also joined in the call of his father, Prince Charles, who praised his long-standing work in favor of the environment.
“It wasn’t an easy road out there and I think you know he was way ahead, way ahead of his time warning of some of these dangers,” he said.
“It would be an absolute disaster,” said the Prince, if George, the eldest son of William, were to “talk to you in 30 years, and repeat the same things, for by then it would be too late.”
Ahead of the United Nations climate conference, due to start on October 31, Prince William also urged world leaders to take action, and not be content with “kind words”. “I want the things that I have enjoyed, the great outdoor life, the nature, the environment, I want it to always be there for my children and not just for my own children but for everyone’s children,” he said. “If we are not careful, we will steal the future of our children by what we are doing now,” he stressed.
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