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Prince William: Before you travel to space, save the planet

LONDON (AP) – Britain’s Prince William has criticized some of the richest men in the world for using their wealth to fund a new space race and space tourism rather than trying to solve problems on Earth at the square.

William expressed his disapproval in an interview with the BBC aired Thursday, a day after former “Star Trek” actor William Shatner became the oldest man to fly in space, in a rocket funded by the Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

“We need some of the greatest brains and minds in the world determined to try to fix this planet, not to try to find the next place to go to live,” said William, who is second to the British throne.

On Wednesday, 90-year-old Shatner, who is best known for playing Captain James T. Kirk in the 1960s television series “Star Trek,” briefly flew into space with Bezos’ space travel company, Blue Origin. . Billionaires Elon Musk and Richard Branson are also injecting resources into their own space ambitions.

When asked if he would like to become a space tourist, William replied “I have absolutely no interest in going that high.”

“I was up to 65,000 feet once on a plane, it was really terrifying,” said William, who served in the Royal Air Force as a helicopter pilot. “It’s pretty high. “

William, who is officially known as The Duke of Cambridge, was speaking on climate change ahead of his inaugural Earthshot Environmental Award ceremony on Sunday and two weeks before the start of a United Nations climate summit in the Scottish city of Glasgow at the end of the month.

At the star-studded ceremony at Alexandra Palace in London, which will see five sustainability projects win £ 1million ($ 1.35million) each, William will be joined by his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. The awards are inspired by the Moonshot Challenge that President John F. Kennedy launched in the United States in 1961 to land humans on the moon by the end of the decade – a challenge that was met eight years later. .

Winners will be chosen by a committee including seasoned broadcaster David Attenborough, actress Cate Blanchett and World Trade Organization director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

William, who has been immersed in environmental issues his entire life thanks to the keen interest of his father, Prince Charles, and late grandfather, Prince Philip, has expressed concerns about the world his own children will inherit.

He said it would be an “absolute disaster” if his 8-year-old eldest son Prince George, who he said is “keenly aware” of the impact of resources on the planet, were to raise the same issues 30 years from now. .

“Young people are now growing up where their future is essentially threatened all the time,” said William. “It’s very annoying and it’s very, you know, anxiety-provoking.”

Echoing his father’s comments, William urged world leaders to put words into action at the UK climate summit in Glasgow, known as COP26.

“I think for the COP it is essential to communicate very clearly and very honestly what the problems are and what the solutions will be,” said William.

The summit is scheduled from October 31 to November 31. 12. It is presented by many environmentalists as the last chance in the world to turn the tide in the fight against climate change.

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