It’s that time of year again! Time for the unveiling of the finalists for the Annual Earthshot Prize Awards!
Last year, we wrote about the origins of the Earthshot prize, a project created by Prince William which annually awards 5, one million-Pound prizes for innovative solutions to global climate change. Early in November, Prince William announced the 15 finalists who are running to receive the Earthshot prize.
The prize was inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s project ‘Moonshot,’ which helped unite people under the goal of putting humans on the Moon during the Cold War-era Space Race. The Earthshot competition invites leaders, innovators and visionaries to create bold solutions to help mitigate some of the planet’s biggest environmental challenges and create a more sustainable future.
The Earthshot Prize centers around 5 “Earthshots” – simple, ambitious and aspirational goals that define the world we want to build for future generations. These categories and their objectives include:
– Protect and Restore Nature: This category focuses on solutions to ensure that by 2030, the natural world is growing, not shrinking, on the planet.
– Clean Our Air: These inventions work toward guaranteeing that by 2030 everyone in the world breaths clean, healthy air that meets or exceeds the World Health Organizations standards.
– Revive our Oceans: Works to repair and preserve the oceans for future generations, these ideas focus on returning our oceans to vibrant health.
– Build a Waste-Free World: Intends to build a world where nothing goes to waste, these innovative designs help leftovers from one process become raw materials for others, just like they do in nature.
– Fix our Climate: Aspires to fix the world’s climate, focusing on cutting out carbon and building a carbon-neutral economy around the globe.
Three finalists have been selected for each of these five categories. The Earthshot Prize Council will review the ideas of each finalist and then select the prize winners. To view a full list of the finalists and read descriptions about each of their projects, visit the Earthshot Prize website.
The Earthshot Prize awards ceremony will take place on Friday, December 2 at the MGM Music Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. It will air around the world on BBC and be available globally on YouTube. We here at Apollo Mapping are looking forward to seeing which of the finalists will be selected to win the Earthshot prizes, and to watch their brain children help return our globe to a sustainable existence.