“Some of the greatest brains and minds in this world must be trying to fix this planet first, not trying to find the next place to live.”, tackled Prince William. The grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, 39, criticized the race for space tourism on Thursday, October 14, calling for focusing instead on the problems of the planet.
In an interview with the BBC (link in English) conducted ahead of Sunday’s first edition of his Earthshot Prize for solutions to the climate crisis, the Duke of Cambridge also urged world leaders to take action to address the climate crisis.
The criticism comes after a few minutes into space on Wednesday by actor of the cult Star Strek series William Shatner aboard a rocket from Blue Origin, on the occasion of the second manned flight of the billionaire’s rocket. American Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon. The latter intends to establish itself as a key player in the coveted space tourism sector, where the British billionaires Richard Branson and American Elon Musk also compete. A journey for which the heir to the British crown, once a helicopter pilot, is not terrified. “absolutely no interest ”.
As COP26 approaches, he urges leaders to act for the climate
Before the UN climate conference, COP26, scheduled for October 31 in Glasgow (Scotland), Prince William invited them not to be satisfied with “beautiful lyrics”. “I want the things I enjoyed, the great outdoors, nature, the environment, I want it to always be there for my kids and not just my kids but everyone’s kids”, he said.
“If we are not careful, we will steal the future of our children through what we are doing now”, he insisted. “It would be an absolute disaster” that George, William’s eldest son, should find himself “there talking with you in 30 years, repeating the same things, because by then it will be too late”, said the prince.
Ahead of COP26, Prince William, second in line to the British throne, also joined his father Prince Charles’ climate appeal, whose long-standing action he praised in favor of the environment. In an interview with the BBC on Monday, his father Prince Charles, 72, expressed concern that international leaders who will meet in Glasgow do not “just talk” during COP26, instead of taking measures to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, responsible for global warming.