Prince William played down the recent space tourism frenzy on Thursday shortly after William Shatner from Star Trek plunged into space on Jeff Bezos’ rocket.
The Duke of Cambridge was talk to bbc about his initiative to “fix our planet” and encouraged billionaires to stick their heads out of the clouds.
“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,” the prince said.
Shatner’s trip to space was the last flight of Bezo’s Blue Origin company.
The great Amazonian is in competition with Richard Branson and Tesla’s Elon Musk to turn the great afterlife into a lucrative industry.
The prince said our best and brightest should “try to fix this planet, not try to find the next place to go to live”.
He said it was “quite crucial to focus on this [planet] rather than giving up and going into space to try to think of solutions for the future.
William also mentioned “climate anxiety” among the new generations who believe that their “future is fundamentally threatened all the time”.
“It’s very annoying and it’s very, you know, anxiety-provoking,” he said.
The foundation supported by Prince William and Kate Middleton will award the Earthshot Prize to five people who can help solve the looming climate change crisis.
Shatner’s foray into space on Wednesday lifted him and the crew more than 60 miles above Earth. The capsule spent about three minutes in zero gravity over the Karman Line – which is the internationally recognized space border – before returning to Earth.
Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the sci-fi saga, joins others who disbursed $ 28 million to reach the sky limit.
But the Last Frontier shouldn’t expect a royal visit anytime soon.
William said he had “absolutely no interest” in making the trip and questioned the carbon footprint of the expensive flight.