Whether or not the environmental impact of such trips is offset – let’s hope they are – it feels like an odd moment for the world’s richest people to direct their outrageous resources to a business with no immediate benefits for the overwhelming majority. of the society .
In his book “The Orbital Perspective”, NASA astronaut Ron Garan said he couldn’t help but think, as he gazed at this “paradise”, “to the nearly one billion people who have no clean water to drink, the countless numbers of people who go to bed hungry every night, the social injustice, conflict and poverty that remain pervasive on the planet. ”
If only Richard Branson had paid a little more attention to those who led the way.