Tuesday, October 26, 2021

"Gotta fix the earth" Prince William criticizes Bezos and Musk

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It was not until Wednesday that another trip into space was undertaken. Shortly after Jeff Bezos’ space capsule landed, Prince William criticized space tourism.

There was a lot of fuss yesterday about space flight with the space capsule “Blue Origin” from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. A celebrity guest was also present on the space trip: former Star Trek actor William Shatner. Another William explains how senseless he finds this competition with flights into space, which takes place in particular between Jeff Bezos, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Sir Richard Branson, head of the British conglomerate Virgin Group. Prince William criticizes.

If the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II has its way, the billionaires should first concentrate on solving the problems we have on earth. William, whose father Prince Charles has been campaigning for environmental protection and sustainability for years, explained his views in a BBC interview on the topic of the climate crisis. “We need some of the best minds in the world to fix this planet, not find the next place to live,” said William, referring to the current space tourism race.

One must concentrate on this planet on which we live, “instead of giving up and flying into space to find solutions for the future,” continues William. The 39-year-old himself has “absolutely no interest” in flying into space. The reason for this is undoubtedly the immense CO2 emissions of these excursions.

The interview took place in the run-up to the award of the first Earthshot Prize. This is given to organizations, companies or countries that are committed to saving the planet. William added in the conversation that it would be “an absolute disaster if George [sein heute achtjähriger Sohn; Anm. d. Red.] would sit here in 30 years and talk about saving the planet “.

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