LONDON – Costa Rica and the city of Milan on Sunday were among the first countries to be awarded £1 million, or about $1.4 million, for sustainability and conservation efforts. a newly established environmental award They were presided over by Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.
known as the award Earthshot Awardprovides funding to candidates developing solutions in five areas: nature conservation, waste management, ocean recovery, air quality, and climate change.
The ceremony was held at a time when climate change first came to mind. United Nations summit meeting An estimated 20,000 delegates from nearly every country in the world will meet in Glasgow this month to discuss how to mitigate the impact of climate change. The organizers of the new award, which was evident at the awards ceremony held at Alexandra Palace in North London, hope it will be the most prestigious award in the field. BBC.
Singer Ed Sheeran, the band Coldplay, and British rapper Olajide William Olatunji, better known as KSI, took the stage. Coldplay’s performance was powered by around 60 riders. Among the presenters of the awards were players Emma Watson, David Oyelowo and Emma Thompson, as well as Egyptian football player Mohamed Salah. A short film featured messages from world leaders such as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who pledged to solve environmental problems.
David Attenborough“The actions we choose or do not take in the next 10 years will determine the fate of the planet in the next millennium,” he warned.
Inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s “moonshot” speech to Congress in 1961, in which he announced his goal of sending a person to the moon within 10 years, the award aims to encourage action around the key environmental challenges the world will face over the next decade. .
“We are living in the most important period in human history,” said Prince William in a video shown during the ceremony. “This is the decisive decade. Time is running out. Most of the answers are already there.”
Many of the winners said the prize money would help boost their efforts or allow them to share their work so it could be replicated elsewhere.
“What we have accomplished in this small country in Central America can be done anywhere,” Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado Quesada said in an acceptance speech. “We will continue to recognize nature as our most valuable asset.”
More than 750 nominations from more than 200 organizations have been submitted for the Earthshot Award, which began accepting applications in November. According to the Earthshot Prize’s website, applications were screened in a process run by accounting firm Deloitte before being reviewed by an expert advisory panel of scientists, climate policymakers and academics. A panel of high-profile judges, including actress Cate Blanchett, Queen Rania of Jordan and Chinese businessman Jack Ma, selected the five winners from among 15 finalists.
Managed by the Royal Foundation, a charity supporting Prince William and Kate, five awards will be awarded each year to help solve environmental problems by 2030. Prince William said on Sunday that next year’s ceremony will be held in the United States.
Between Ffinalists The awards were groups working to protect endangered animals, organize public databases on local water and air quality, and make solar energy accessible. The youngest finalist, 14-year-old Vinisha Umashankar, has invented a solar-powered ironing car.
Shortlisted candidates will be offered support and opportunities to achieve their goals. global allianceA network of organizations, including the United Nations and the World Wildlife Fund, according to Earthshot Prize’s website.
“They all build optimism by finding innovative and brilliant solutions to the world’s challenges, and they all give us hope, which we are told will spread forever,” said Mr Attenborough. “But we don’t have eternity. We need to do this now and in the next 10 years.”