Prince William and Kate Middleton will soon be traveling to Singapore for the third iteration of his environmental awards, the Earthshot Prize. And ahead of the event, the 15 finalists who will be in with a chance of winning £1 million in prize money have been announced.
The three finalists in each of the five categories were selected by a global panel of 59 scientific and academic experts called the Earthshot Prise Advisory Council. Five winners— one from each category—will be chosen by Prince William and the Earthshot Prize Council to receive £1 million each to scale up their innovative solutions to repairing the planet. The Prize Council members include Queen Rania of Jordan, Cate Blanchett, and David Attenborough.
The actual awards will take place on November 7 in Singapore and will see William and Kate make an official visit to the country for the first time since 2012. The Prince founded the awards in 2020 in order to inspire optimism around the urgent challenges facing our planet. Taking place over a 10-year period, the aim is to find and fund a total of 50 solutions for the devastating effects of climate change.
The 2023 Earthshot Prize finalists are:
PROTECT AND RESTORE NATURE
Acción Andina, Peru: Acción Andina is a community-based initiative working across South America to protect native high Andean forest ecosystems for their benefits to nature and millions of people in the region.
Freetown the Tree Town, Sierra Leone: The City of Freetown’s initiative combines community stewardship and digital tools to help tree preservation in Sierra Leone's capital.
Belterra, Brazil: Belterra works with smallholder farmers in Brazil to restore forests through regenerative agricultural practices and to create market incentives for sustainably grown crops.
CLEAN OUR AIR
Polish Smog Alert, Poland: A conservation campaign group, Polish Smog Alert works to secure policy change and air quality improvements across Poland and has goals to do the same across Central and Eastern Europe.
ENSO, UK: ENSO creates tyres specially designed for electric vehicles that are more sustainable and reduce harmful tyre pollution.
GRST, Hong Kong: With the development of a new way to build and recycle lithium-ion batteries, GRST offers a way to make electric cars of the future even cleaner.
REVIVE OUR OCEANS
Abalobi, South Africa: Abalobi works with small fishing communities to record their catch data and to ensure a fair and improved livelihood from sustainable fishing.
Coastal 500, Global (US HQ): A global network of mayors and local government leaders, Coastal 500 is restoring ocean habitats and advocating for coastal protection internationally.
WildAid Marine Programme, Global (US HQ): Global non-profit organisation WildAid uses partnership building and knowledge sharing to address the world’s ocean conservation needs.
BUILD A WASTE FREE WORLD
S4S Technologies, India: S4S Technologies’ solar-powered dryers and processing equipment combat food waste, enabling small-hold farmers to preserve crops and turn produce that might otherwise go to waste into products.
Circ Inc., US: US-based company Circ has created a solution to enable the recycling of polycotton fabrics, which make up half of all textile waste.
Colorifix, UK: Colorifix uses DNA sequencing and nature's own colours to create sustainable dyes that reduce the fashion industry’s use of water and harmful chemicals.
FIX OUR CLIMATE
Sea Forest, Australia: Sea Forest’s seaweed-based livestock feed reduces the planet-warming methane emissions from cattle and sheep and supports sustainable farming and healthy marine ecosystems.
Aquacycl, US: Using microbial technology, Aquacycl are making the treatment of industrial wastewater more accessible, more efficient, and less polluting.
Boomitra, Global (US HQ): Boomitra are removing emissions and boosting farmer profits by incentivizing land restoration through a verified carbon-credit marketplace.
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