Prince William sat down for a one-on-one interview with the BBC ahead of the Earthshot Prize launch. The organization will choose five winners each year whose projects mark big steps towards a more sustainable future, and will award approximately $ 70 million to such projects over the next decade.
As Prince William says, if concrete steps are not taken today to reduce the effects of climate change, our planet will be past the point of being saved within three decades. All the while, instead of focusing on the action that needs to be taken here on Earth, billionaires like Bezos, Branson and Musk are launching into space. Musk is the only exception to this since he hasn’t flown himself yet, but he’s planning a colony on Mars, with the ultimate goal of having a Plan B when Earth becomes kaput.
“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 and live.” said Prince William. Naturally, because of this, he has no interest in becoming a space tourist himself. The second reason he won’t even consider it is that he’s not much of a fan of great heights, even though he’s a trained rider.
Prince William and, before him, his father Prince Charles, as well as his brother Prince Harry, are all deeply involved in a variety of charities and non-profits for a more sustainable future. The billionaires he gracefully calls out do their own charitable work but, at the same time, they also cited as the motivation for space tourism the need to find solutions to our problems here on Earth. They never mentioned how commercial space travel would lead to these solutions.
“We need some of the greatest brains and minds in the world determined to try to fix this planet”
In an exclusive interview with the BBC, Prince William suggests entrepreneurs focus on saving Earth rather than engaging in space tourism https://t.co/P7czJarr7z pic.twitter.com/NeVLxY9QPq
– BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) October 14, 2021
The Duke of Cambridge has warned people could ‘steal our children’s future’ if the climate crisis is not tackled in time.
In an interview with the BBC, Prince William said it would be a “disaster” if his children still called for change 30 years from now. pic.twitter.com/vMwdwntBai
– The Royal Family Channel (@RoyalFamilyITNP) October 14, 2021