Prince William shares ‘hope for the future’ as he announces Earthshot award winners
Prince William He urged the world to “choose a path of hope, optimism and urgency to fix our planet,” after crowning the five winners of the 2022 Earthshot Awards at a glittering ceremony in Boston.
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The prince took to the stage at the end of the star-studded event at the MGM Music Hall in the city in Fenway, after they were known David BeckhamCatherine O’Hara, Shailene Woodley and Rami Malek, alongside Princess Kate, presented the prestigious awards to five winners from around the world.
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He told the audience: “When I established this award in 2020, seeking to harness the same spirit of ingenuity that inspired President John F. Kennedy to challenge the American people to put a man on the moon within a decade. So it was an honor to share the The stories of our Earthshot winners and finalists from the heart of their hometown.
“I believe the Earthshot solutions you’ve seen tonight demonstrate that we can overcome our planet’s greatest challenges, and by supporting and scaling them we can transform our future.”
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He continued: “Along with tonight’s winners and finalists, and those to be revealed over the coming years, I hope the Earthshot legacy will continue to grow, helping our communities and our planet thrive.
“In the same way that the space effort six decades ago created jobs, strengthened economies and provided hope, so too did the solutions brought to tonight’s Earthshot award winners. The decisions we make now will affect future generations and that is why we must choose the path of hope, optimism and urgency to fix our planet.”
The five Earthshot Award winners for 2022 are:
Clean Our Air: Mukuru Clean Stoves, Kenya – Presented by Princess Kate
A startup providing cleaner burning stoves to women in Kenya to reduce unhealthy indoor pollution and provide a safer way to cook. The founder and CEO, Charlotte Magai described the award as “a great honor”, and added: “The Earthshot Award is going to help us reach one million households, and allow 5 million people to enjoy cleaner air.”
Protect Nature and Restore: Kheyti, India – Submitted by Catherine O’Hara
A pioneering solution for small local farmers to reduce costs, increase productivity and protect livelihoods in a country at the forefront of climate change. Co-founder and CEO Kaushik Kapgantulu said: “This is just the beginning. We aim to help a million farmers within 10 years, and this award will help us invest in a solid foundation for this ambition.”
Revitalizing Our Oceans: Indigenous Women on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia – Presented by Shailene Woodley
An inspiring, women-led program that combines 60,000 years of indigenous knowledge with digital technologies to protect land and sea. Queensland Indigenous Women’s Network founder Larissa Hale said: “Our planet needs us, and it’s not too late. Earthshot’s message is that with hope and action, we can feel hopeful for the future of our planet.”
Build a world without waste: Notpla, UK – Presented by David Beckham
A startup from London that creates an alternative to plastic packaging from seaweed and has already produced more than a million lunch boxes for JustEat.com. Co-founder Pierre Faslier said: “No one wants to live in a world full of plastic waste but it is not too late to act. There has never been a better time to use natural solutions to solve the plastic challenge.”
Fix our climate: 44.01, Oman – Submitted by Rami Malek
Created by childhood friends who developed an innovative technique to turn CO2 into rock, and store it permanently underground. Founder and CEO Talal Hassan said: “Climate change is the biggest challenge we have ever faced, but being part of this amazing group of finalists gives us hope. Thanks to Earthshot for encouraging our knowledge and progress in this vital fight.”
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The winners were among 15 finalists selected from more than 1,000 submissions by the Earthshot Prize Board, whose members include Prince William, Queen Rania of Jordan, Sir David Attenborough, Cate Blanchett and Shakira Mbarak.
All 15 finalists will receive tailored support from The Earthshot Prize Global Alliance to help scale their solutions.
for the anticipated event, Guests were asked to wear environmentally conscious clothing as well as limit their travel and offset their carbon emissions
Princess Kate’s dress was rented, with Peace! confirms that the royal dress is from the British rental platform The Eidand designed by Comfort London.
Radio 1 presenter Clara Amphoe wore a long black dress by the campaign and environmental designer Vivienne Westwood.
The second annual Earthshot Prizes will be broadcast on Sunday, December 4 at 5.30pm GMT on the BBC, and will begin streaming on The Earthshot Prize YouTube channel later that evening.
The ceremony will air on Monday, December 5 at 2:00 PM EST on PBS.org and the PBS app, and across Africa, the ceremony will premiere on Multichoice Channels on Monday, December 5 at 5:00 PM local time.