William launched the Earthshot Prize in December 2019. It is described as “the most prestigious environmental project in history” and wants evidence-based solutions to help fix the emergencies facing the natural world.
Following the first prize in London in 2021, Earthshot Prizes will be handed out to five Earthshots every year until 2030. The hope is the winners’ work will provide at least 50 solutions to the world’s greatest problems by the end of the decade.
The Duke of Cambridge revealed the 15 finalists for the first-ever Earthshot Prize earlier this year, and five of them will be named winners at a ceremony happening at Alexandra Palace on Oct. 17. The premiere awards will be broadcast in the U.K. on BBC One and streamed globally on Discovery’s Facebook and Discovery+. Prince William previously announced details of the Earthshot Prize Awards ceremony in June.
The Earthshot Prize will name five winners, one per Earthshot, whose evidence-based solutions make the most progress towards the highlighted goals. The winners will each receive £1 million (approximately $1.7 million) for their solutions.
Kate will join William at the event, which will feature performances from Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes and more. Presenters will include Emma Thompson, Emma Watson, David Oyelowo and British Olympic legend Mo Sarah. Sir David Attenborough will also give a speech about why the prize is important, and explain why he’s optimistic we can solve the climate crisis.
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