Prince William announces first-ever finalists of the Earthshot Prize

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Prince William has officially announced the first-ever finalists of the Earthshot Prize, the most ambitious and prestigious of its kind – designed to incentivise change and help to repair our planet over the next ten years.

Taking inspiration from President John F. Kennedy’s Moonshot which united millions of people around an organising goal to put man on the moon and catalysed the development of new technology in the 1960s, The Earthshot Prize is centred around five ‘Earthshots’ – simple but ambitious goals for our planet which, if achieved by 2030, will improve life for us all, for generations to come.

Five, one million-pound prizes will be awarded each year for the next ten years, providing at least 50 solutions to the world’s greatest environmental problems by 2030.

Prince William said: 

“Over half a century ago, President Kennedy’s ‘Moonshot’ programme united millions of people around the goal of reaching the moon.  Inspired by this, The Earthshot Prize aims to mobilise collective action around our unique ability to innovate, problem solve and repair our planet.   

“I am honoured to introduce the 15 innovators, leaders, and visionaries who are the first ever Finalists for The Earthshot Prize.  They are working with the urgency required in this decisive decade for life on Earth and will inspire all of us with their optimism in our ability to rise to the greatest challenges in human history.” 

Each of the Finalist’s solutions excelled in the rigorous screening process and were assessed on their potential to create game-changing impact around the world, their ability to help us reach our Earthshot goals while also positively impacting people, communities and the natural world. 

All 15 Finalists will receive tailored support and resources from The Earthshot Prize Global Alliance Members, an unprecedented network of private sector businesses around the world who will help scale their solutions to realise an even greater impact with their ground-breaking work. 

The search for the inaugural Finalists began in November 2020, when nominations opened and were submitted by over 200 official Earthshot Prize Nominators from every region of the world. These Nominators were selected for their experience in environmental research, policy, advocacy and grassroots action, as well as their global networks with individuals, teams and organisations who are leading on solutions to these environmental challenges.  

Over 750 nominations – far more than anticipated for The Earthshot Prize’s first year – were screened as part of an independent assessment process run by Deloitte, the Prize’s implementation partner, who ensured that all nominations were assessed fairly and thoroughly, by an experienced sustainability team. Longlisted nominations were then assessed by a global Expert Advisory Panel – a crucial stage in the selection process that adds a further layer of independence and rigour, bringing together expertise from science, conservation, innovation, investment, economics, politics, communications and activism.  

The 2021 Finalists were nominated by the following Official Nominators.

  • African Conservation Foundation
  • African Leadership Group
  • Ashden
  • Australian Marine Conservation Society
  • C40 Cities
  • Clean Air Fund
  • Conservation Optimism
  • Darwin College, University of Cambridge
  • Echoing Green
  • Goldman Environmental Prize
  • New Energy Nexus
  • Oceano Azul Foundation
  • PDIE Group
  • REV Ocean
  • Royal African Society
  • Salesforce
  • Solar Impulse Foundation
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Five of these 15 Finalists announced today will be awarded The Earthshot Prize and will win £1million in Prize funding for the best solutions of the five Earthshot goals: 

  • Protect and Restore Nature
  • Clean our Air
  • Revive our Oceans
  • Build a Waste-free World
  • Fix our Climate.  

The Winners will be announced during an awards ceremony on 17th October from London’s Alexandra Palace, broadcast in the UK on BBC One and globally on discovery+.

Click here to meet the incredible finalists.

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