“Entrepreneurs should focus on saving the Earth rather than space tourism.”
That’s what Prince William suggested during an interview with the BBC on the occasion of the Hartshot prize, the award given to five winners each year whose solutions help the environment.
Speaking about the current space race and the push to promote space tourism, the Duke of Cambridge said big brains should be “trying to fix this planet and not trying to find the next place to live.” He then warned of an increase in “climate anxiety” among young people. “I think in the end that’s what convinced me: it’s really crucial to focus on this planet rather than giving up and going into space and trying to think of solutions for the future.” William went on to clarify that he has “absolutely no interest” in going into space, adding that “we should be asking questions” about the carbon cost of spaceflight. He then recounted the difficulties encountered by his father, Prince Charles, when he sounded the alarm on climate change: “It was a difficult road for him.” The duke added that “it would be an absolute disaster if 30 years from now Prince George was sitting here talking” about how to save the planet.