Stockholm (NordSIP) – On the initiative of Prince William, the UK’s Royal Foundation has announced it will award an annual Earthshot prize for visionary projects addressing environmental challenges. The proposed award is inspired by the achievements that followed on the heels of the moon landings and the expression “moonshot”, which became shorthand for ambitious and ground-breaking goals.
“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,” Prince William said.
Starting in 2021, 5 winners will be selected per year for facilitating a substantial development or outstanding contribution to solving these issues. The foundation hopes this initiative will assist in the development of at least 50 solutions to the world’s most significant problems by 2030. “The Prize could be awarded to a wide range of individuals, teams or collaborations – scientists, activists, economists, leaders, governments, banks, businesses, cities, and countries,” according to the Royal Foundation. “An annual awards ceremony will take place in different cities across the world each year between 2021 and 2030.” Relevant projects will focus on climate and energy, nature and biodiversity, oceans, air pollution and freshwater.
No information is yet available on the application process or the financial reward for this prize.
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