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Prince William has announced the finalists for the Earthshot Prize in a YouTube video which went live at 12pm today (17 September).
An introduction to the announcement said that we were in the midst of an “unprecedented crisis which threatens nature and every one of us" and that "we must act with urgency" to help the environment.
The Duke of Cambridge welcomed viewers to the reveal and explained that the Earthshot prize would return once a year for the next decade, to honour the projects creating innovative solutions to climate problems.
He explained that there would be a total of 15 nominees across five categories, chosen from over 700 entries from around the globe.
A winner for each category will be announced next month on 17 October at Alexandra Palace, London and will be broadcast on BBC in the UK and Discovery worldwide. There will also be a separate BBC series coming soon.
While all the named finalists will receive "tailored support" to scale up their projects, Prince William revealed that the the winners' prize would be £1 million to support their work.
The Duke ended the video by saying, "Congratulations to all our finalists, your contributions set us off to an incredible journey for the next decade."
Earthshot Prize Finalists
See all the Earthshot Prize Finalists announced today across the five award categories.
Protect and restore nature
Polypoly Foundation, Democratic Republic of Congo
Environment and Energy of Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Clean our air
Blue Map app, China
Vinisha Umashankar, India
Revive our oceans
Coral Vita, Bahamas
Living Sea Walls, Australia
Pristine Seas, USA
Build a waste free world
City of Milan Food Waste Hubs, Italy
Fix our climate
AEM Electrolizor, Thailand, Germany, Italy
Ready Capsules, Nigeria
Soul Bazaar, Bangladesh
Yesterday (16 September), a post on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge social media account revealed the date the finalists would be announced.
On Instagram, they shared a photograph of three post-it notes. They read simply, "Tomorrow sept 17th', "Earthshot Finalists" and "earthshotyoutube @12 pm".
In a caption alongside the post, Prince William wrote, "Join me live tomorrow as we announce the first ever Finalists of the @earthshotprize!" adding, "Friday 17th at 12pm BST on @earthshotprize YouTube channel."
To coincide with the prize, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge previously revealed 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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