Prince William has slammed billionaire space tourists such as Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk for pursuing space travel instead of helping to solve the climate crisis.
In an impassioned plea to two of the world’s richest men, both worth around £150billion each, the Duke of Cambridge said: “We need some of the world’s greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live.”
A new age space race between Amazon founder Bezos’s Blue Origin and Tesla founder Musk has emerged pitting two of the world’s richest and brainiest men against each other.
In contrast, father-of-three William has said he is being motivated with his environmental work to “use my little bit of influence” to help change the world for future generations.
The future king has created the Earthshot Prize, an ambitious global initiative to celebrate those working to repair the planet with a series of £1million prizes over the next decade, which will have its inaugural awards on Sunday.
He said: “Now I’ve got children as well and speaking to other parents you start to see the world differently.
“I want the things that I’ve enjoyed – the outdoor life, nature, the environment – I want that to be there for my children, and not just my children but everyone else’s children.
“If we’re not careful we’re robbing from our children’s future through what we do now. And I think that’s not fair. I want to use my little bit of influence / profile to highlight incredible people doing incredible things and will genuinely help fix some of these problems.”
His comments, come as Hollywood actor William Shatner yesterday became the oldest person to go to space.