Billionaires should focus on saving Earth, not space tourism, says Prince William


Of course, being a member of the Royal Family (and second in line to the throne), HRH the Duke of Cambridge does not give any names. However, he talks about what is called “space race,” and that’s enough indication that he’s referring to the three billionaires and their efforts to launch private rockets into space with paying customers, with the aim of ushering in the new era of space tourism.

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.

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