Prince William believes that saving the earth should come before space tourism.
The 39-year-old royalty has asked entrepreneurs to focus on saving the planet, rather than investing their wealth in finding “the next place to go to live.”
Reflecting on the momentum of space tourism, he explained: “We need some of the best brains and minds in the world focused on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go live.”
In recent years, people like Sir Richard Branson and Elon Musk have invested huge amounts of money in their space businesses.
But William insisted that he has no interest in going into space himself and instead focuses on the future of the planet, adding that there has been “an increase in climate anxiety” among young people.
He told the ‘Newscast’ podcast: “It’s very unnerving and, you know, it generates a lot of anxiety.”
Earlier this month, Prince William claimed that humanity had reached a “fork in the road” in the fight against climate change.
The future monarch called for urgent action against climate change in the BBC documentary series ‘The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet’.
He said: “We are at a fork in the road, we continue on our current path, the natural world around us will deteriorate, and with it potentially everything we now take for granted.”
“But if we go the other way, if we strive to find solutions to our biggest problems, we can create a different future for our children and grandchildren, a better future.
“One in which both humanity and nature thrive, in which the way we live our lives works in harmony with the climate.
“A future with prosperous and productive oceans, one that is free from the burden of our waste and that offers each of us clean air at every breath.”