Earlier this week, the future monarch directly criticized space tourism as “Star Trek“Actor, 90, famously shot into space on board and Jeff Bezos‘Blue Origin Rocket.
“We need to fix some of the biggest brains in the mind of the world when trying to repair this planet, not try to find the next place to go and live,” William told the BBC. “I think that’s ultimately what it’s selling me – it’s really quite crucial to focus on it. [planet] instead of giving up and going into space to try to think of solutions for the future. “
During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Shatner addressed the comments.
“I would tell the prince – and I hope the prince gets this message – this is a baby step to remove all the polluting industries from the earth,” he said. “You can build a base 250, 280 miles above the earth and send that power down here.”
William Shatner traveled into space this week aboard a Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket. (AP Photo / LM Otero)
As printed about Williams’ school of thought – fixing the earth instead of leaving it – Shatner suggested that people “fix some things down here”.
“Everyone in their lives needs to be reminded: you are important, you are beautiful doing something important today,” he added. “That’s what this journey has done for me – it has reminded me of death as I have faced it because of my age, but also how you will protect yourself in the years to come.”
Prince William has called for resources to be spent on correcting environmental problems on Earth instead of traveling to space to find another place. (Getty Biller)
In his discussion with the BBC, William also worried about the carbon costs of space flight.
Bezos, Virgin Richard Branson and SpaceX founders Elon Musk have all grown competitive in space tourism as of late and Musk often talks about the importance of making humanity “interplanetary”, especially when the Earth becomes uninhabitable.