PRINCE William blew up billionaire “space tourism” the day Star Trek’s William Shatner became the oldest man to be sent into orbit.
The Duke of Cambridge, against Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk and Richard Branson, donated millions to save the planet before his Earth Shot award this Sunday.
This came to light when 90-year-old Captain Kirk Star Shatner was sent into space in Amazon billionaire Bezos’ Blue Origin New Shepherd rocket.
Speaking to the BBC Newscast about the new space race, William said: “We need some of the world’s greatest minds and brains to try to fix this planet, not find the next place and live. of the.
Shatner became the oldest person in space and was greeted when he landed on the ground by an internet shopping tycoon.
When he landed, he said: “Everyone in the world needs to see this.”
But for the rich and famous, space tourism has been largely destroyed, with the United Nations not to be largely environmentally friendly.
William spoke ahead of his Earthshot Reward, which is paying 50 50 million over the next decade for measures to save the planet.
The award, dubbed the “Nobel Prize in Ecology”, wants experts and millionaires to spend their time and money saving the planet.
His interview with Adam Fleming of the BBC Newscast, filmed at Kensington Palace, will be available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.
During the 35-minute conversation, William watched clips of his five-part documentary The Earth Shot Prize: Repairing Our Planet.
He said: “I want the things I enjoy – the outdoor life, the nature, the environment – I want it to be for my children, and not just my children but everyone else’s children.
“If we are not careful, we are returning to the future of our children as we do.”
Duke will be in COP26 in Glasgow next month as world leaders fight climate change.
He warned against “speaking cautiously, cautious words, but not enough action”.
He said it was important for the climate conference to “speak very clearly and very honestly about what the problems are and what they are going to solve.”
He added: “That’s why the Earth Shot Prize is so important, because we’re trying to create action.”
The father of three praised his father, the Prince of Wales, claiming that he had experienced a “really difficult journey” in his decades-long campaign for green issues and said he had proved “far beyond the curve”.
William added: “It would be a complete disaster if George is sitting here talking to you or your successor Adam, you know for 30 years, still saying the same thing, because by then we have a lot It will be too late. “
Shatner and new astronauts Chris Boschweizen, Glenn de Vries and Audrey Powers landed in West Texas yesterday with their rockets.
They landed on the last frontier after their first mission after spending just three minutes in zero gravity.
When Shatner came out of the capsule, he was greeted by Blue Origin boss Jeff Bezos and immediately wrapped his arms around him.
The world’s richest and most famous new billionaires line up to buy a flight between space races.
The Virgin Galactic lifted Richard Branson to 86km two months ago before Jeff Bezos did the same.
Branson said: “We’re here to make space more accessible to all. Welcome to the dawn of a new space age.
Companies including Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and Space Adventure want to make space tourism more common.
Critics have called it a “pointless billionaire space race”, a “false plan” and not a test of the world’s superpowers but an “example of just three billionaires”.
The Earth Shot Prize wants intelligent minds to put their efforts into saving the planet.
The five opening winners of The Earth Shot Prize, worth 1 1 million each, will be announced on the BBC this Sunday at 8pm.
The 15 finalists are from a 14-year-old Indian girl who built a solar-powered mobile ironing service and the entire nation of Costa Rica.
BBC Newscast: Prince William’s interview will be broadcast on Thursday, October 14, 2021.
Watch BBC One (at 23:35), BBC News Channel and BBC Player. Listen to BBC Sounds and BBC5 Live.