The Earthshot Prize Awards held yesterday revealed the first winners of the most famous environmental prize in history in an extraordinary ceremony held at Alexandra Palace in London.
The five winners of this one-of-a-kind award are entitled to £1 million in prize money, as well as technical and professional support on a global scale to accelerate their impact in solving today’s environmental problems.
a proud father
As Prince William prepared to present the awards on behalf of the Royal Foundation, Prince Charles took to the platform to express his pride in his son.
Before the event, Charles commented on how boldly ambitious the Earthshot Prize is, adding that he is very proud of his eldest son for his growing concern and commitment to the environment. The 72-year-old prince added that the world needs to come together to reimagine, inspire and build the sustainable future that is sorely needed right now.
He continued his statement by mentioning that the Earthshot Prize, its nominees and its winners will help discover and create innovative solutions over the next decade. The royal also assured that her Terra Carta and Sustainable Markets Initiative will work in parallel, mobilizing trillions of dollars to help transition the global economy onto a more sustainable path. This is the best opportunity to offer a better future to humanity.
the award ceremony
The hour-long ceremony was introduced by Prince William via a pre-recorded message from the London Eye. The event aimed to change the narrative on environmental issues from pessimistic to optimistic by featuring the places and people leading change through innovative solutions to protect our land, air and oceans. The first ceremony will be preceded by more of its kind until 2030.
In the short film, Prince William states that human beings are currently living in the most important times, and it is the actions we take in the next decade that will decide the fate of our planet.
The ambient event was hosted by Dermot O’Leary and Clara Amfo, with a special performance by Coldplay, whose set was fueled by the energy of 60 cyclists. Other performers for the night included KSI, Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes and Yemi Alade.