LPrince William criticized the space tourism race on Thursday, calling for focusing instead on the planet’s problems ahead of the big climate conference (COP26) in Glasgow.
“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,” William, 39, said in an interview with the BBC ahead of the first edition on Sunday. of its Earthshot Prize for solutions to the climate crisis.
Several trips in a few weeks
This criticism comes after a few minutes’ trip to space on Wednesday by actor of the cult Star Strek series William Shatner aboard a rocket from Blue Origin. At 90, he became the oldest person to reach the final frontier.
It was the second manned flight of the rocket by American billionaire Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, who intends to establish himself as a key player in the coveted space tourism sector, which also includes British billionaires Richard Branson and American Elon Musk. .
No more time to waste
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.
“It hasn’t been an easy road there and I think you know he was ahead, way ahead of his time in warning of some of these dangers,” he said.
“It would be an absolute disaster” if George, William’s eldest son, had to be “there talking with you in 30 years, repeating the same things, because by then it will be too late”, said said the prince.
Ahead of the UN climate conference, scheduled to start on October 31, Prince William also urged world leaders to take action, and not be content with “fine words”. “I want the things that I have enjoyed, the life in the great outdoors, nature, the environment, I want it to be always there for my children and not just my children but the children of everyone”, said he said. “If we are not careful, we will steal the future of our children through what we are doing now,” he insisted.