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Article October 8th, 2020
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The Earthshot Prize: a decade of action to repair our planet

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Today, The @EarthshotPrize has been launched by Prince William. It is the most prestigious global environment prize in history.

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The @EarthshotPrize: Launched to support the global effort to protect & restore the environment with a decade of action to repair our planet

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.@CPI_foundation is a proud to support the launch of The @EarthshotPrize, launched today by Prince William

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Today marks the launch of The Earthshot Prize – the most prestigious global environment prize in history, incentivising worldwide change with a decade of action to repair our planet.

The Centre for Public Impact are extremely excited to support and amplify the work of this important initiative. The Prize will support the global effort to protect and restore the environment while also turning the current pessimism surrounding environmental issues into optimism, highlighting the ability of human ingenuity to bring about change.

Taking inspiration from President John F. Kennedy’s Moonshot, which united millions of people around an organising goal to put man on the moon, The Earthshot Prize is centred around five ‘Earthshots’. Each Earthshot is a simple but ambitious goal for our planet, which if achieved by 2030 will improve life for us all, and for generations to come. The Earthshots are:

🌳 Protect and Restore Nature

🌫️ Clean our Air

🌊 Revive our Oceans

♻️ Build a Waste-Free World

🌏 Fix our Climate

Together, they form a unique set of challenges rooted in science, which aim to generate new ways of thinking, as well as new technologies, systems, policies and solutions.

By bringing these five critical issues together, The Earthshot Prize recognises the interconnectivity between environmental challenges and the urgent need to tackle them together.

Every year from 2021 until 2030, Prince William, alongside The Earthshot Prize Council which covers six continents, will award The Earthshot Prize to five winners, one per Earthshot, whose evidence-based solutions make the most progress towards these goals.

Nominations will open on 1st November, with over 100 nominating partners from across the world being invited to submit nominations of those individuals, communities, businesses and organisations who could win The Earthshot Prize. Nominators will include the Global Alliance but also academic and non-profit institutions from across the world who have been selected for their ability to identify the most impactful solutions to the Earthshots.

The 5-stage prize process to select a winner for each Earthshot has been designed in partnership with the Centre for Public Impact and a range of international experts.

The Centre for Public Impact are committed to continuing to support the ongoing work of this initiative.

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Written by:

Jane Aslanidis Former Senior Programme Manager, Europe
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