The prince criticized the race for space tourism, calling for focusing instead on the problems of the planet before the big climate conference (COP26) in Glasgow.
Le prince William, one of Queen Elizabeth II’s grandsons, 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.
This criticism comes after a trip of a few minutes in space made on Wednesday by the actor of the cult series Star Strek William Shatner aboard a Blue Origin rocket. 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. .
“An absolute disaster”
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.
“We are going to steal the future of our children”
Before the UN climate conference, scheduled for 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’re not careful, we’re going to steal our children’s future through what we’re doing now.”
In an interview with the BBC on Monday, his father Prince Charles, 72, expressed concern that international leaders meeting in Glasgow were “just talking” during COP26, instead of taking action to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The five Earthshot Prize winners will be chosen on Sunday in London, during a ceremony broadcast on television. They will each receive one million pounds (approximately 1.18 million euros).