Sunday, 17 October, marks the inaugural Earthshot Prize. Created by The Duke of Cambridge and The Royal Foundation, the prize rewards inspiring and innovative solutions from across the globe.
Five £1 million prizes will be awarded based on five Earthshot goals to fix the environmental challenges facing our planet. The prizes will be awarded each year for the next ten years, providing at least 50 solutions to the world’s environmental problems by 2030.
In a post on Instagram, the Duke’s father, the Prince of Wales, shared a personal tribute ahead of the inaugural awards: “I am very proud of my son, William, for his growing commitment to the environment and the bold ambition of the Earthshot Prize.“
He continued: “As a world, we need to come together to inspire, reimagine and build the sustainable future we so desperately need. Over the coming decade, with future generations in mind, the Earthshot Prize, and its inspirational nominees, will help us find the innovative solutions.
“In parallel, through my Terra Carta and Sustainable Markets Initiative, we will work to mobilize the trillions of dollars required to transition the global economy onto a more sustainable trajectory.
“Together, with all those who join us, we have a real opportunity to deliver a brighter future for humanity while restoring harmony between Nature, People and Planet.”
This is one of the many times the Royal Family has expressed their passion for the environment. The Duke recently told the BBC that “saving earth should come before space tourism.” He also warned about a rise in “climate anxiety” among younger generations. As for Her Majesty The Queen, she was recently overheard discussing the climate conference and politicians saying, “It’s very irritating when they talk, but they don’t do.”
The inaugural ceremony was held at London’s Alexandra Palace and will air on BBC One, BBC IPlayer, and Discovery.