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Prince William Calls On The World's Richest Men: “Before Travelling To Space, Save The Planet”

During an interview, Prince William pointed out that the world's greatest leaders should prioritize the environmental issues of the planet, before pursuing a space race

By Miguel Robles

- October 14 , 2021 - 13:09 hs
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At this point, we know how some of the world's richest men have been using their wealth to fund a new space race and start what seems the beginning to a very prolific space tourism industry. However, Prince William has decided to call on these world leaders and criticized their actions for pursuing a space race rather tan trying to vix what's wrong on earth.

William's disapproval was voiced during an interview with BBC, which took place a day after the former 'Star Trek' actor William Shatner became the oldest man to fly to space, in a rocket funded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

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Prince William, who is second-in-line to the British throne, made his voice sound loud and clear when he said “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.”

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Recently, William Shatner (who is 90-years-old) briefly flew into space with Bezos' space travel company, Blue Origin. He is best known for playing Captain Kirk in the highly popular television series “Star Trek.” However, Jeff Bezos is not the only one trying to push a space agenda, as billionaires Elon Musk and Richard Branson are also pumping resources into their own space ambitions.

During the sit-down, Prince William was also asked whether he would like to become a space tourist as well, to what he responded, “I have absolutely no interest in going that high.” He even recalled when he traveled up to 65,000 feet once in a plane, “that was truly terrifying,” as he dubbed the experience he had while serving the Royal Air Force as a helicopter pilot. “That's high enough,” he pointed out.

Formally known as the Duke of Cambridge, William went on to speak about climate change ahead of his inaugural Earthshot environmental prize awards ceremony on Sunday and two weeks before a U.N. Climate summit starts in the Scottish city of Glasgow at the end of the month.

At the ceremony, that took place at Alexandra Palace in London -which will see five sustainability projects win 1 million pounds ($1.35 million) each, Prince William will also be joined by his wife Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge.

The awards take their inspiration from the Moonshot challenge that President John F. Kennedy set for the U.S. in 1961 to land humans on the moon by the end of the decade – a challenge that was met eight years later. The winners are chosen by a committee that includes veteran broadcaster David Attenborough, actor Cate Blanchett and World Trade Organization director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

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This is not the first time William has been immersed in environmental issues. All his life, through the strong interest of his father, Prince Charles, and his late grandphather, Prince Philip, he has voiced his worries about the world his own children will inherit. He even mentioned it would be an “absolute disaster” if his 8-year-old eldedst son Prince George, who he said is 'acutely aware' of how resources impact the planet, was having to raise the same issues in 30 years' time. “Young people now are growing up where their futures are basically threatened the whole time,” he said. “It's very unnerving and it's very you know, anxiety-making.”

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Miguel Robles

I began my journey as a journalist 15 years ago, when I started as a staff writer for OPEN Magazine. I was able to escalate up to the point of becoming the editor in chief of the magazine. Always adjusting to cope with changes in the industry. Trying to make strong connections with the people, and bringing voice to minorities through storytelling.

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