Prince William Calls Out Rich Men’s Race to Space

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Britain’s Prince William has criticized some of the world’s richest men for using their wealth to fund a new space race and space tourism rather than trying to fix the problems on Earth instead. William voiced his disapproval in an interview with the BBC aired Thursday, a day after the former Star Trek actor William Shatner became the oldest man to fly to space, in a rocket funded by Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, who is also the founder of Amazon, per the AP. Billionaires Elon Musk and Richard Branson are also pumping resources into their own space ambitions via SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, respectively. But “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,” said William.

Asked whether he would like to become a space tourist, the former Royal Air Force helicopter pilot said, “I have absolutely no interest in going that high.” The Duke of Cambridge was speaking about climate change ahead of his inaugural Earthshot environmental prize awards ceremony on Sunday and two weeks before a UN climate summit starts in the Scottish city of Glasgow at the end of the month. William, who has been immersed in environmental issues all his life through the strong interest of his father, Prince Charles, and his late grandfather, Prince Philip, voiced his worries about the world his own children will inherit. “Young people now are growing up where their futures are basically threatened the whole time,” he said. “It’s very unnerving and … anxiety-making.”

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