Talking Point: Should money spent on space tourism be used to help the earth?

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Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket space passengers including William Shatner, second left (LM Otero/PA) (AP)
Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket space passengers including William Shatner, second left (LM Otero/PA) (AP)

This week has been a tale of two Williams: William Shatner, zooming into space on Jeff Bezos’s very expensive rocket, and Prince William, questioning why more money and resources aren’t being spent to help the earth.

As more and more millions are poured into the new space race (Evening Standard comment writer Susannah Butter calls it an “unedifying ego competition” between “space bro billionaires” Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and Jeff Bezos,) many are concerned that the growing climate crisis is not getting due attention.

Speaking on the matter, Prince William said: “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.”

What do you think? Are personal space trips a waste of money that should be used to help the climate crisis?

Let us know in the comments for your chance to be featured on the ES website tomorrow.

Yesterday’s Talking Point: What should be done to tackle violence in football?

Londoner1885 suggested: “In order to tackle violence in football, I think that clubs should be encouraged to invest on initiatives aimed at supporting local communities.

“In fact, similar actions could be of fundamental importance both for older and for younger people, particularly in the more deprived areas of the cities. The authorities could back these projects even under a financial point of view.”

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