Prince William will award in the fall of 2021 the first edition of his “prestigious” environmental award. He wants to “replace the current pessimism with optimism” by rewarding solutions to the climate crisis.
Endowed with 50 million pounds over ten years (around 60 million Swiss francs), the Earthshot Prize is “the most prestigious global environmental prize in history”. It is inspired by the lunar program launched by US President John F. Kennedy.
It “will spur change and help repair our planet over the next ten years – a critical decade for the Earth,” the foundation of Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson said in a statement.
“We need to find solutions so that we can live our lives and enjoy our lives, and not feel guilty and bad about some of the things we do,” Prince William insisted on BBC Radio 4,
It’s about “galvanizing and bringing together the best minds, the best possible solutions, to fix and tackle some of the world’s most important environmental challenges.”
Soon to the point of no return
“According to experts, we are really at the point of no return. We have ten years to fundamentally repair our planet,” he also warned on Sky News. “We have found more than 190 billion pounds (…) to contribute to the recovery during the Covid. We can do the same for the environment”, he insisted.
Supported by a coalition of personalities, organizations and businesses, the Earthshot Prize will recognize five winners per year for the next ten years “with the aim of finding at least 50 solutions to the most important challenges facing the world here. 2030 “.
Launch in November
The winners will be announced each year at a ceremony in a different city around the world, starting with the top five in London in autumn 2021. Applications will open in November.
Besides Prince William, 38, the jury will include a number of personalities, from Queen Rania of Jordan to Australian actress Cate Blanchett, including British naturalist David Attenborough, Colombian singer Shakira, Brazilian footballer Dani Alves and Christina Figueres, former UN climate manager.
Around five objectives (protecting and restoring nature, cleaning the air, reviving the oceans, building a world without waste and restoring the climate), it will be a question of “identifying convincing solutions”, but also of “replacing the current pessimism about environmental problems by optimism “, it is explained.
The Earthshot Prize will reward people (activists, scientists, economists, etc.) as well as companies, organizations, governments, cities and even countries proposing “viable solutions” to the climate crisis, making it possible to improve “living conditions in the world. world, in particular for the communities most exposed to climate change “.