Lately, it seems like the only thing billionaires like to do more than hoard wealth is to blast themselves into the outermost layer of our Earth’s atmosphere. So far, billionaires Sir Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos have made it into space. Elon Musk is plotting to relocate to Mars. Mark Zuckerberg probably wishes he could have disappeared into a black hole after Facebook went offline last week. Well, not everyone thinks it’s cute that all those rich people are dropping tons of cash to play space explorer and leave the planet we’re currently on in the name of possible future colonization for the human race. Prince William thinks that anyone with a brain in their head and lots of money in the bank should be putting both to work back here on Earth to solve our climate problems.
In an interview with the BBC, which aired earlier today, William talked a lot about climate change and climate anxiety. Because William and Duchess Kate have launched The Earthshot Prize, which awards five million-pound prizes every year to people who come up with ambitious goals for solving climate change here on Earth. It truly would have been perfect writing had he led into that interview with a joke saying, “My relationship with my brother might be ice cold, but this planet is getting hot hot hot!“. Instead, he kept it professional (BOOOOO-ring). William says he’s worried that if we don’t do anything about the Earth right now, his children will still be dealing with the climate change mess in 30 years.
The Duke of Cambridge has warned that people could be "robbing from our children's future" if the climate crisis is not tackled in time.
In an interview with the BBC, Prince William said it would be a 'disaster' if his children were still calling for change in 30 years time. pic.twitter.com/vMwdwntBai
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William says that people are anxious about the future, naturally, because nobody knows what kind of world is being left to future generations. This is why, in William’s opinion, maybe all those billionaires could cool it with the superfluous space-based vanity projects and help figure out how to stop the Earth from dying. via NBC News:
The Duke of Cambridge warned of a “rise in climate anxiety” among young people around the world whose “futures are basically threatened” by the climate crisis. “We need some of the world’s greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live,” said William.
NBC News reached out to spokespeople for Prince William and Duchess Kate, and their official response was that they had no more to add to that thought. As if they had to add, “Yes Elon, we mean you,” because of course, that’s what they meant.
“We need some of the world’s greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet”
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) October 14, 2021
Not surprisingly, plenty of people called out Prince William for his contributions to climate change, like flying in private planes and whatnot. To be fair, William and Kate were once photographed flying coach, so they’re not total monsters. But credit where credit is due, William is standing up for a cause the whole royal family can get behind. Well, almost the whole royal family. I’m sure Prince Andrew is somewhere panicking and sweating over this topic. “I really need more information before committing one way or another. For example, would these new citizens of Mars still be held to Earth’s laws, or is it like an international waters/diplomatic immunity situation over there? Mars is probably out of the FBI’s legal jurisdiction, right?”