Prince William has launched the Earthshot Prize – a multi-million pound prize which will initially be handled by the Royal Foundation – to ‘inspire a decade of action to repair the planet’.
The new initiative will set of unique challenges to ‘generate new ways of thinking, new technologies, systems, policies and solutions’ and ‘refocus global attention on finding answers to the biggest issues including: climate and energy, nature and biodiversity, oceans, air pollution and fresh water.’
On the Royal Foundation website, Prince William states, ‘The earth is at a tipping point and we face a stark choice: either we continue as we are and irreparably damage our planet or we remember our unique power as human beings and our continual ability to lead, innovate and problem-solve. People can achieve great things. The next ten years present us with one of our greatest tests – a decade of action to repair the Earth’.
The project will be awarding a prestigious prize to five winners (which can be awarded to a wide range of individuals, teams or collaborations) per year over the next 10 years. Through this, and the winners work following each initial challenge, the aim to provide at least 50 solutions to the world’s greatest problems by 2030. An annual awards ceremony will take place in different cities across the world each year between 2021 and 2030.
According to earthshotprize.org in addition to a significant financial award, winners will receive large-scale public recognition for their work that will aim to inspire business and government collaboration and scaling.
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