Everyone must do their part to help save the planet – William
The Duke of Cambridge urged people, businesses and leaders to do their ‘part’ and define their ‘own personal Earthshots’ to help protect the planet.
As the countdown to his Earthshot Environmental Award ceremony began, William said that we may unwittingly be “part of the problem”, but now is the time to work together so that ” we can all be part of the solution ”.
The Duke launched his ambitious award to find solutions to the planet’s environmental problems and overcome the pessimism many feel about its future.
A five-part BBC documentary series screened in the coming days will examine the environmental issues underlying the prices.
The latest episode takes a detailed look at the problem of waste and its effects on the planet, from dumping plastics in the oceans to wasting food produced with resources like water, fertilizer and electricity.
Speaking from a London skyscraper, William says in the latest documentary that the fate of humanity is in our hands: we now take it for granted.
“But if we go the other way, if we strive to find solutions to our biggest problems, we can create a different future for our children and grandchildren, a better future.
“A world in which humanity and nature thrive, in which the way we live our lives works in harmony with the climate.
“A future with productive and flourishing oceans, a future free from the burden of our waste and which offers each of us clean air with every breath. “
The William’s Earthshot Prize is inspired by the Apollo moon landings, nicknamed “Moonshot”, which helped advance the technological achievements of mankind, and offers five categories or Earthshots which, according to the organizers, if they were made of ‘by 2030 would improve the lives of all.
Each year from 2021 until the end of the decade, the winners of the five Earthshots will each receive £ 1million after being chosen by the jury.
Speaking of achieving a positive environmental future, the Duke said: “It is within our reach, but only if we achieve it now.
“Over the next 10 years, the Earthshot Award will celebrate, champion and scale 50 innovative solutions to the greatest environmental challenges facing our planet.
“But the truth is, it will take a lot more than 50 solutions.
“It will take each of us, as individuals, as schools, as communities, as businesses and as leaders, to do our part.
“To change our choices and habits, to define and make our own personal Earthshots, we can change the world again.
“Today each of us may unintentionally be part of the problem, but starting today, by working together, we can all be part of the solution.”
The Future King presents each documentary dedicated in turn to one of the five global issues that have been selected as the categories for the Earthshot Prize: Protecting and Restoring Nature; Purifies our air, revives our oceans; Building a world without waste; and Let’s fix our climate.
The three finalists in each category are featured during the series and they include a 14 year old Indian girl who designed a solar powered ironing cart, the Government of Costa Rica, who started a project paying local citizens for restore nature ecosystems and a Chinese app that allows its citizens to hold polluters to account.
The BBC series will air from Sunday ahead of the UN Climate Summit Cop26 in Glasgow on November 1, with the announcement of the Earthshot Prize winners on October 17.