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Prince William criticizes space tourism race, says focus should be on saving Earth

William is promoting his Earthshot Prize for people trying to save the planet.

As Prince William prepares to present his Earthshot Prize to people saving the planet, he has criticized billionaires who send people to space.

“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,” William, 39, said in a new interview with the BBC, referring to the current space race. tourism run by billionaires Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Richard Branson. “I think that’s ultimately what sold it for me – it’s really crucial to focus on this [planet] rather than giving up and going into space to try to think of solutions for the future. “

William’s comments came just a day after actor William Shatner made a successful 10-minute trip to space on Blue Origin’s New Shepard.

“Everyone in the world has to do it,” Shatner told Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos after landing in Texas on Wednesday.

William said he had “absolutely no interest” in going to space and questioned the carbon cost of flights to space, according to the BBC.

William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, will attend the inaugural Earthshot Awards on Sunday, where five laureates working to fix the planet will receive $ 1 million in funding.

William launched the Earthshot Prize, inspired by former US President John F. Kennedy’s famous Moonshot Challenge, last October.

Five winners will each receive $ 1 million each year until 2030. The goal is to create “at least 50 solutions to the world’s biggest environmental problems by 2030,” Kensington Palace said of the William’s $ 50 million initiative.

William and Kate are the parents of three children, Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte.

William told the BBC how his children motivate his environmental work.

“I want the things that I enjoyed – the outdoor life, nature, the environment – I want it to be there for my kids, and not just my kids but everyone else’s kids,” he said. he declared. “If we are not careful, we are stealing our children’s future through what we are doing now.”

William also described his fear that Prince George, 8, the third heir to the throne, could still speak about climate change in 30 years, when it “will be too late”.

“It shouldn’t be that there is now a third generation that needs to increase it even more,” said William, whose father, Prince Charles, has made tackling climate change a priority of his work. . “And you know, for me it would be an absolute disaster if George was sitting here talking to you or your successor, Adam. [Fleming, of the BBC], you know in about 30 years, whatever, still saying the same thing, because by then we’ll be too late. “