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Prince William takes a jab at space tourism — Says billionaires should focus on saving Earth

Prince William took a jab at the billionaire space race, saying the world’s greatest minds should be more focused on saving the Earth.

His Royal Highness Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, visiting Wallasey, a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, in Merseyside, England. Source - Paul Townley (Public Domain Mark 1.0)
His Royal Highness Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, visiting Wallasey, a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, in Merseyside, England. Source - Paul Townley (Public Domain Mark 1.0)

In an interview, Prince William took a jab at the billionaire space race, saying the world’s greatest minds should be more focused on saving the Earth than looking beyond our planet’s horizons.

The Duke of Cambridge spoke about the current rush for space travel in an interview with the BBC’s Newscast podcast, which aired on Thursday, according to the Guardian.

It aired one day after William Shatner, aka Captain Kirk of Star Trek fame, became the oldest living person, at 90 years of age, to reach space, traveling aboard the Blue Origin rocket and capsule developed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

Actually, Shatner said in an interview after his trip to space that the experience reinforced his conviction that people need to take better care of the planet, according to NBC News.

“It’s so fragile,” Shatner, who played Capt. James T. Kirk on the original “Star Trek” series, said on NBC’s “TODAY” show.

“There’s this little tiny blue skin that’s 50 miles wide,” he said. “And we pollute it, and it’s our means of living. And I was struck so profoundly by it. The fragility of this planet — the coming catastrophic event, and we all need to clean this act up now,” he added

Star Trek's Shatner space-bound with Blue Origin
New Shepard NS-18 mission crew members (L-R) Blue Origin vice president Audrey Powers; “Star Trek” actor William Shatner and Medidata Solutions Co-Founder, Glen de Vries ride to the launch pad on October 13, 2021 – Copyright AFP MANJUNATH KIRAN

Saving our fragile planet is foremost in Prince William’s mind

The prince, who was interviewed about the climate crisis ahead of his inaugural Earthshot prize awards, a Nobel-like prize for the environment, said: “We need some of the world’s greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live.”

At the same time, the prince added a warning to attendees to the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow next month, saying the world didn’t need to be hearing “clever speak, clever words and not enough action”.

“I think for Cop to communicate very clearly and very honestly what the problems are and what the solutions are going to be, is critical,” he said. “We can’t have more clever speak, clever words but not enough action.”

The father-of-three emphasized his desire to ensure that his own children and future generations won’t have to worry about repairing the Earth, adding that it would be an “absolute disaster” if his son, Prince George, were to be talking about saving the planet in 30 years’ time.

He added that his viewpoint had changed since he had children: “I want the things that I’ve enjoyed – the outdoor life, nature, the environment – I want that to be there for my children, and not just my children but everyone else’s children.

“If we’re not careful we’re robbing from our children’s future through what we do now. And I think that’s not fair.”

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Karen Graham is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for environmental news. Karen's view of what is happening in our world is colored by her love of history and how the past influences events taking place today. Her belief in man's part in the care of the planet and our environment has led her to focus on the need for action in dealing with climate change. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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