Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge will be awarding £50m for 10 years to help repair the earth, this is part of his Earthshot prize. This prize is considered as “the most prestigious global environment prize” recorded in history.
Prince William believed that the planet earth was getting to a “tipping point” and felt that it was his job and responsibility to help in repairing the planet as the next decade was very crucial. The Duke will award Five £1m prizes every year for the next ten years to help solve some environmental problems in the world.
According to Prince Williams, his father Prince Charles had inspired him and also the TV naturalist Sir David Attenoborough, one of the judges of the prize. He further said that the action was ambitious and the prize took 18 months to be prepared.
I felt very much that there are a lot of people wanting to do many good things for the environment and what they need is a bit of a catalyst, a bit of hope, a bit of positivity that we can actually fix what’s being presented.
And I think that urgency with optimism really creates action. And so the Earthshot prize is really about harnessing that optimism and that urgency to find solutions to some of the world’s greatest environmental problems.Prince Williams
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He also explained that this decade is one of the most important decades that will determine a lot of things in the environment. And he hopes that there would have been a great change on the planet and some of the greatest problems on Earth would be fixed by 2030.
The prize will be centered on five “Earthshots” which are Clean our air, Fix our climate, Protect and restore nature, Revive our oceans, and Build a waste-free world. Countries, initiatives, business cities, and individuals can be nominated for the prizes.
William said that the plan was to “harness the ingenuity and the ability to invent.” He hopes everyone around the world ranging from communities, corporations, schools, governments, and anyone benefits from the prize.
On November 1st, the nominations for the first five £1m prizes will open. Over 100 entities have been nominated around the globe. The first five winners will be announced in 2021 at a ceremony in London. This prize will get the support of a global alliance of partnerships such as Greenpeace and WWF.