The Duke of Cambridge has been speaking to the 'Hips Don't Lie' singer and Oscar-winning actor along with other prominent individuals from countries all over the world for the launch of his new project, Earthshot.
The project takes the name from President John F Kennedy's man-on-the-moon mission Moonshot, and aims to source plans, theories and projects to protect the earth's future, spanning five categories: our oceans, climate change, clean air, protecting nature and reducing waste.
Shakira and Blanchett join the likes of Sir David Attenborough, entrepreneur Jack Ma, Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, former UN climate chief and architect of the Paris agreement Christiana Figueres on the Earthshot Prize Council, who will be tasked with deciding the winners and recipients. The prize will award five individuals a year £1 million over the next 10 years, with the aim of having 'at least 50 solutions to the world’s greatest environmental problems by 2030'.
Speaking to the father-of-three, Shakira explained how being a mother to two sons with footballer Gerard Piqué, has influenced her concerns over our planet's future.
'I personally feel this is my responsibility... as a mother of two young children to bring attention to this issue right now before it's too late.'
In a statement, she continued, 'Your children, my children – they have to find ways to reduce carbon emissions, to repair our oceans, to clean the air. So we need young minds to be informed and invested, which is why education is so important. But we can’t just stand still. We have to lead the way and we have to do it now. I know it’s ambitious and I know there will be so many challenges along the way but I also know there will be so many who will rise to the occasion.'
Blanchett said she was 'humbled and invigorated' to be in the company of 'such extraordinary activists, experts and leaders in the environmental sector', while Attenborough - who recently broke records when joining Instagram - called the Earthshot Prize a source of 'hope', which 'could be the spark that is really going to give it the lift and the impetus to develop into something huge'.
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