London.- Prince William of England criticized some of the richest men in the world for using their wealth to finance a new space race and space tourism, and called on the world’s great minds to fix the planet first.
Speaking to the BBC on Thursday, Guillermo voiced disapproval the day after “Star Trek” actor William Shatner became the oldest man to fly into space on a rocket built by Amazon founder Jeff. Bezos.
“We need some of the best brains and minds in the world to focus on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go live,” said William, second in line to the British throne.
On Wednesday, the 90-year-old Shatner, best known for his role as Captain James T. Kirk on the 1960s television series, briefly flew into space with Bezos’s space travel company Blue Origin. Billionaires Elon Musk and Richard Branson are also pumping resources into their own space ambitions.
William, formally known as the Duke of Cambridge, spoke about climate change before his inaugural Earthshot environmental awards ceremony on Sunday and ahead of the upcoming UN climate summit in the Scottish city of Glasgow.
During the star-studded ceremony at London’s Alexandra Palace, where five sustainability projects will receive one million pounds ($ 1.35 million) each, William will be joined by his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. The awards are inspired by the Moonshot challenge that President John F. Kennedy established for the United States in 1961 to put a man on the moon before the end of that decade, something that was accomplished eight years later.
Winners will be chosen by a committee that includes veteran broadcaster David Attenborough, actress Cate Blanchett and World Trade Organization Director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
Guillermo, who has been immersed in environmental problems all his life thanks to the great interest of his father, Prince Charles, and his late grandfather, Prince Felipe, expressed his concern for the world that his own children will inherit.
He said it would be an “absolute disaster” if his eldest son, Prince George, who he said is “very aware” of how resources impact the planet, were to raise the same issues 30 years from now.
“Young people are now growing up with their futures basically threatened all the time,” Guillermo said. “It’s very unnerving and it’s very, you know, distressing.”
Echoing his father’s remarks, he urged world leaders to put his words into action at the UN climate summit in Glasgow, known as COP26.
I think it is essential that the COP communicate very clearly and honestly what the problems are and what the solutions will be, ”said Guillermo.
The summit is scheduled from October 31 to November 12. Many environmentalists herald it as the world’s last chance to turn the tide in the fight against climate change.