The richest men in the world are currently delivering a media-effective spectacle on their flights into space. Prince William is apparently less enthusiastic about space tourism: One should rather deal with the consequences of flights for the environment and find answers to climate change.
Prince William is “absolutely not interested” in a space trip. The 39-year-old said in an interview with the BBC. There are “fundamental questions” about CO2 emissions from flights into space, the Royal continued. Finding solutions to climate change is more important than looking for habitable planets in space, says Prince William.
On Wednesday, the 90-year-old Canadian actor William Shatner (“Captain Kirk”), the oldest person to date, went on an excursion into space on board a space capsule from Amazon boss Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin. “The brightest minds in the world should focus on fixing this planet instead of trying to find the next place to go to live,” said the prince in the BBC conversation.
William, who, together with the legendary BBC documentary filmmaker David Attenborough, has awarded a prize for the best ideas on climate and environmental protection, is expected alongside other royals at the UN climate conference in Glasgow COP26 in November. Queen Elizabeth II, Duchess Kate and William’s father Prince Charles and his wife Duchess Camilla have also announced their arrival.
Heir to the throne Charles was repeatedly ridiculed for his advocacy of the environment and the climate. William, number two in the British line of succession, now praised him as a pioneer of the environmental movement. His father had “spoken a lot about climate change very early on, before anyone else believed it was an issue,” said the Royal.