The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William has announced the Earthshot Prize:  an ambitious set of challenges to inspire a decade of action to repair the planet.

In what is set to be a “super year” for the environment, with crucial summits including the Convention on Biodiversity in China and the COP26 Climate Change Conference in the UK, Prince William will team up with global partners on a decade-long project that reaches every corner of the earth.

The new initiative, which has been under development for over a year, will refocus global attention on finding answers to the biggest issues currently facing the planet including:  climate and energy, nature and biodiversity, oceans, air pollution and fresh water.

Crucially, the Earthshots aim is to reward process across all sectors of industry and society, not just technology.

The Prize could be awarded to a wide range of individuals, teams or collaborations – scientists, activists, economists, leaders, governments, banks, business, cities and countries – anyone who is making a substantial development or outstanding contribution to solving these environmental challengers.

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.

Drawing inspiration from the concept of moonshots, which since the moon landing in 1969 has become shorthand to talk about the most ambitious and ground-breaking goals, Prince William announces the Earthshot Prize:  an ambitious set of challenges to inspire a decade of action to repair the planet.

Prince William said:  “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.”

With plans to formally launch the project later this year, intense work is already underway on this multimillion pound project.

The Earthshot challenges will be announced in special events around the globe and an annual awards ceremony will take place in different cities across the world each year between 2021 and 2030.


Taken from CIWM Circular written by Darrel Moore 6 January 2020.