The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced a new environmental education program for school children.
Known as Generation Earthshot, the couple announced they were "inviting students and teachers around the [world] to join in with the mission to help repair our planet," on their official Instagram page.
The post also explained that they believe "education is key and young people can help us find new solutions to our biggest challenges."
The program is part of the new Earthshot Prize, which the Duke and Duchess first referenced in a mysterious Instagram post on 24 June. It showed the back of Prince William’s head as a drone flew towards him over London.
The caption accompanying the short clip read, “@earthshotprize news coming later this week…” with no other information.
The following day (25 June) Prince William was featured in a drone-filmed video announcing the inaugural Earthshot Prize.
A release explained that The Earthshot Prize is a, "global environmental prize which aims to discover and scale the best solutions to help repair our planet over the next 10 years.
"Every year from 2021 until 2030, The Earthshot Prize will find and reward inclusive solutions to five ‘Earthshot’ goals - Protect and restore nature; Clean our air; Revive our oceans; Build a waste-free world; and Fix our climate."
The award will be hosted for the first time in London at Alexandra Palace and ceremony to open the awards will be broadcast on BBC One as well as internationally.
It will feature "show-stopping performances as well as never-before-seen musical collaborations," according to the release.
Prince William said that, "The awards ceremony will be a truly global event, connecting people from all over the world to celebrate these inspiring leaders and their innovations to solve the world’s greatest environmental challenges.”
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan welcomed the award with an official statement adding that he was, "thrilled that [London] will be the inaugural host to award the first Earthshot Prizes for these ground-breaking solutions that can help improve all of our lives.”
Recently, the Duchess of Cambridge unveiled her own work on a very different project known as Big Change Starts Small. Self-described as a “landmark report,” it aims be the first step to “change the way people think about early childhood.”
The Duchess’ project stresses the importance of everything from “creating communities of support” to “building a mentally healthier and more nurturing society.”
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