“We need some of the best brains and minds in the world focused on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go live,” says Royal.
On Thursday, Britain’s Prince William launched an attack on space tourism, urging that more attention be paid to issues closer to home ahead of the COP26 climate summit.
The comments of Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson will air in a BBC interview later Thursday, a day after William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the sci-fi franchise Star Trek, became a veritable space traveler on Blue Origin’s second manned mission.
The mission repeated the company’s maiden human flight in July, which included founder Jeff Bezos of Amazon and was seen as a breakthrough for the emerging space tourism sector.
But Prince William said: “We need some of the best brains and minds in the world focused on trying to repair this planet, not on trying to find the next place to go live.”
Virgin Galactic, which offers a similar weightlessness experience of a few minutes and a view of the curvature of the Earth from the cosmos, launched its founder Richard Branson in July, a few days before Bezos.
William spoke before the Earthshot Prize opening ceremony on Sunday, his initiative to honor those working on environmental solutions.
Ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow, which begins on October 31, he warned world leaders against “smart speech, smart words, but not enough action.”
“It would be an absolute disaster if [my son] George is sitting here talking to you … in about 30 years, still saying the same thing, because by then we will be too late. “
William’s father, Prince Charles, a longtime environmentalist, has also spoken out on the need for action rather than the words of leaders in preparation for the UN climate summit.
“He’s had a really tough ride on that, and I think you know that he’s been shown to be way ahead of the curve, way beyond his time to warn of some of these dangers,” William said.
“But it should not be that there is a third generation that has to increase even more.”
Queen Elizabeth and Princes Charles and William will attend the two-week summit events.
The meeting will try to persuade major developing economies to do more to reduce their carbon emissions and get the rich world to spend billions more to help poorer countries adapt to climate change.
“I want the things that I have enjoyed, the life in the open air, the nature, the environment; I want them to be there for my children, and not just for my children, but for everyone else’s children, ”said William.
“If we are not careful, we are stealing our children’s future through what we do now. And I think that’s not fair. “