Prince William blasted billionaire “space tourism” on the day Star Trek’s William Shatner became the oldest person ever sent into orbit.
The Duke of Cambridge spoke out against the likes of Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk and Richard Branson ahead of his Earthshot award this Sunday and handed over millions to save the planet.
It comes as 90-year-old Captain Kirk star Shatner was sent into space aboard Amazon billionaire Bezos’ Blue Origin New Shepard rocket.
Speaking to BBC Newscast about the new space race, William said: “We need some of the greatest minds and minds in the world who are trying to repair this planet, not the next place to go and live.” Trying to find it.”
Shatner became the oldest person in space and was greeted by the Internet shopping tycoon when he touched down on Earth.
When he landed, he said: “Everyone in the world needs to see this”.
But space tourism has been an all-out explosion for the rich and famous by the United Nations as widely eco-friendly.
William speaks ahead of his Earthshot Prize, which is giving £50 million to initiatives that will save the planet over the next decade.
Regarded as the “Nobel Prize of the Environment”, experts and millionaires want to spend their time and money to save the planet.
Her interview with Adam Fleming of BBC Newscast, filmed at Kensington Palace, will be available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.
During the 35-minute chat, William watched a clip from his five-part documentary The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet.
He said: “I want the things I’ve enjoyed – outdoor life, nature, the environment – to be there for my kids, not just my kids but everyone else’s kids.
“If we are not careful we are robbing our children of the future that we do now.”
The Duke will be at COP26 in Glasgow next month as world leaders fight climate change.
He warned against “clever speaking, clever words, but not enough action”.
And said it was important for the climate conference to ‘communicate very clearly and very honestly what the problems are and what the solutions are going to be’.
He continued: “That’s why the Earthshot award is so important, because we’re trying to take action.”
The father-of-three Wills praised his father, the Prince of Wales, claiming he experienced a “really tough ride” in his decades of campaigning for green issues, saying he had ‘proved well ahead of the curve’ Has happened.
William said: “It would be an absolute disaster if George talking to you or your successor Adam, you know, in 30 years’ time, would still be saying the same thing, because by then we would be too late. “
Shatner and newly minted astronauts Chris Boshuizen, Glenn De Vries and Audrey Powers stepped out of their rockets in West Texas yesterday.
They landed at final range after their first mission after spending only three minutes in zero-gravity.
When Shatner emerged from the capsule, Blue Origin boss Jeff Bezos greeted him and immediately wrapped his arms around him.
The world’s rich and famous are in line to buy a flight amid a new billionaire space race.
‘Spoiled billionaire space race’
Virgin Galactic took Richard Branson 86 km into the sky two months before Jeff Bezos did.
Branson said: “We are here to make space more accessible to everyone. Welcome to the start of a new space age.”
Companies including Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and Space Adventures want to make space tourism more common.
Critics have called it a “vain billionaire space race”, a “vanity project” and not a test of the world’s superpowers but “the arrogance of just three billionaires”.
Earthshot Prize wants the brightest minds to do their bit to save the planet.
The five inaugural winners of The Earthshot Prize will be announced this Sunday at 8pm on the BBC.
The fifteen finalists included a 14-year-old girl from India who built a solar-powered mobile ironing service and the entire nation of Costa Rica.
BBC Newscast: The Interview with Prince William will air on Thursday 14 October 2021.
Watch BBC One (23:35 pm), BBC News Channel and BBC iPlayer. Listen on BBC Sounds and BBC 5 Live.