“Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space,” he wrote in an Instagram post making the announcement. “On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend.”
Bezos is one of three billionaires racing towards space. Richard Branson, with Virgin Galactic, and Elon Musk, with the Boring company, are also trying to launch themselves away from earth. Calls to keep them off of it have sprung up repeatedly for at least Musk and Bezos, whereas Branson, somewhat forgotten in general, has escaped scrutiny.
For many people, including those signing the petition, such wealth spent on something that feels frivolous, while so many on earth suffer, is incomprehensible. As one commenter wrote, “It would cost $20bn to end homelessness in the United States. Jeff Bezos alone could end homelessness in the United States almost TEN TIMES by himself.”
“His wealth would do more good for the planet if it were not attached to his greedy demon piglet hands,” the comment concluded.