Prince William and The Earthshot Prize have revealed the 15 finalists who will be in the running to receive a £1 million award for their innovative solutions to help “repair and regenerate” the planet.
Launched in 2020 by the Prince of Wales, the competition rewards ground-breaking solutions to the biggest environmental challenges facing the planet.
This year’s finalists include a bubble pump designed to catch plastics before they reach the ocean, packaging made from seaweed and plants as an alternative to single-use plastics and cleaner burning stoves to reduce indoor pollution.
In addition, an emission-free electric battery system to power construction and reduce pollution, a city-wide initiative to establish a fully circular economy by 2050 and a a new and innovative material that uses unrecyclable plastic waste to make concrete blocks carbon zero are among the selected finalists.
The five winners will be selected by The Earthshot Prize Council, which includes Prince William, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, Sir David Attenborough and Cate Blanchett,.
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Prince William, who will attend the awards in Boston on 2nd December 2022, said: “The innovators, leaders and visionaries that make up our 2022 Earthshot Finalists prove there are many reasons to be optimistic about the future of our planet. They are directing their time, energy and talent towards bold solutions with the power to not only solve our planet’s greatest environmental challenges but to create healthier, more prosperous and more sustainable communities for generations to come.
“I am so excited to celebrate these 15 Finalists and see the five Winners of The Earthshot Prize announced in Boston – the hometown of President John F. Kennedy, who shared The Earthshot Prize’s belief that seemingly impossible goals are within reach if we only harness the limitless power of innovation, human ingenuity and urgent optimism.”