A new award has been issued to some of the countries and organisations that are leading the way in sustainability. The Earthshot Prize was introduced for the first time by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge. The prize is supported by an alliance of global organisations, including the World Economic Forum, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), WWF and National Geographic.
What does it mean to receive the Earthshot Prize?
The Earthshot Prize was established to incentivise environmental and social change as it selects some of the key organisations that tackling some of the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges. The award has taken inspiration from President John F Kennedy’s Moonshot, which drove the mission to the moon and provoked the development of new technology in the 1960s. The term ‘Earthshot’ refers to the five ambitious goals that have been set to curb climate change:
- Protect and restore nature
- Clean our air
- Revive our oceans
- Buil a waste-free world
- Fix our climate
Which organisations won the prestigious award?
After a 10-month search, and receiving 750 nominations from across the globe, 15 finalists were selected for their initiatives to make a positive impact on the environment and reach the global Earthshot goals. Chosen from the finalists were five prize winners:
The Republic of Costa Rica for implementing programmes that funded the protection of trees by local people.
The social enterprise, Takachar, developed a portable technology that turns crop residues into bio-products, which can be sold for use as fuel and fertiliser.
Coral Vita, launched by Sam Teicher and Gator Halpern, is an organisation that grows coral on land to replenish the ocean’s ecosystems.
The city of Milan for the launch of its Food Waste Hubs, becoming the first major city to implement a city-wide food waste policy that supports food banks, public agencies, charities, non-government organisations (NGOs), and private businesses.
Enapter, co-founded by Vaitea Cowan, for its advances in renewable energy. The AEM electrolyser is green hydrogen technology that turns renewable electricity into emission-free hydrogen gas.
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