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Friday, November 26, 2021

Nearly $7 million in first Earthshot awards

LONDON – Costa Rica and the city of Milan were on Sunday among the first to be awarded one million pounds, or nearly $1.4 million, for their sustainability and conservation efforts as part of a newly established environmental prize chaired by Prince William and Kate . Duchess of Cambridge.

Known as the Earthshot Prize, the award funds nominees to develop solutions in five areas: nature conservation, waste management, ocean regeneration, air quality and climate change.

The ceremony is on top of climate change’s mind ahead of a UN summit meeting in Glasgow this month, which will gather an estimated 20,000 delegates from nearly every country in the world to discuss how to mitigate the effects of climate change. . Organizers of the new award are hoping it will become one of the most prestigious in the field, an ambition evident at the awards ceremony held at the Alexandra Palace in north London, a glamorous affair with high-profile attendees broadcast on the BBC.

Singer Ed Sheeran, the band Coldplay and British rapper Olajide William Olatunji, better known as KSI, performed. Coldplay’s performance was powered electrically by approximately 60 cyclists. Presenters of the awards included actors Emma Watson, David Oyelowo and Emma Thompson and Egyptian football player Mohamed Salah. A short film included messages from world leaders such as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, who all vowed to address environmental issues.

David Attenborough, who delivered the opening remarks, warned that “the actions we choose or choose not to do over the next 10 years will determine the fate of the planet for the next thousand.”

Inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s “Moonshot” address to Congress in 1961, during which he announced his goal of landing a man on the Moon within 10 years, the prize aims to be the first to be revealed to the world in the next decade. To encourage action for major environmental challenges. .

“We are living at the most important time in human history,” Prince William said in a video shown during the ceremony. “This is the decisive decade. Time is running out. Many answers already exist.”

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Several winners said the prize money would help them expand their efforts or allow them to share their work so that it could be replicated in other places.

“What we have achieved in this small country in Central America can be done anywhere,” Costa Rica’s President Carlos Alvarado Quesada said in an acceptance speech. “We will continue to recognize nature as our most valuable asset.”

More than 750 nominations were submitted from more than 200 organizations for the Earthshot Prize, which began accepting applications in November. According to the Earthshot Prize website, submissions were scrutinized in a process run by accounting firm Deloitte before being reviewed by an expert advisory panel of scientists, climate policy makers and academics. A council of high-profile judges – among them actress Cate Blanchett, Queen Rania of Jordan and Chinese businessman Jack Ma – selected the five winners from the 15 finalists.

Run by the Royal Foundation, a charity supporting Prince William and Kate, five awards will be presented each year to help solve environmental issues by 2030. Next year’s ceremony, Prince William said on Sunday, will be held in the United States.

Finalists for the awards were groups working to protect endangered animals, organize public databases around local water and air quality, and make solar energy accessible. The youngest finalist, 14-year-old Vinisha Umashankar, invented the solar powered ironing cart.

According to the Earthshot Prize website, short-listed nominees will be offered support and opportunities to achieve their ambitions through a network of organizations including the Global Alliance, the United Nations and the World Wildlife Fund.

“All of them are building optimism by finding innovative and brilliant solutions to the world’s challenges – and they all give us hope, which springs to us forever,” Mr Attenborough said. “But we don’t have an eternity. We need to do it now – and in the next 10 years.”

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