Prince William (41) took part in the Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit in the USA, where, among other things, the 15 finalists for this year's award ceremony for his environmental project were announced. The award ceremony will then take place on November 7th in Singapore.
The awards are presented in five categories related to oceans, nature conservation, sustainability, climate and clean air. The individual projects were selected from more than 1,300 nominees and represent efforts on six continents. Abalobi wants to promote sustainable fishing, Acción Andina works to preserve ecosystems in forests and Aquacycl deals with the treatment of contaminated wastewater.
Belterra, meanwhile, relies on regenerative agriculture to promote biodiversity, among other things. Boomitra focuses on reducing CO2 emissions and Circ has developed a process to recycle polycotton. Coastal 500 is committed to protecting coastlines, Colorfix produces more sustainable textile dyes and Enso develops more efficient tires for electric cars.
Freetown the Treetown, among other things, takes care of reforestation, GRST, meanwhile, produces batteries with components that can be more easily recycled and Polish Smog Alert wants to improve air quality in Poland. S4S Technologies fights food waste, Sea Forest makes a feed supplement for cattle and sheep from algae and the Wildaid Marine Program aims to create lasting benefits for endangered wildlife, ecosystems or even coastal communities.
A detailed overview of the projects and the people behind them can be found on the Earthshot Prize homepage. A clip on the Instagram channel of William and Princess Kate (41), who did not travel to the USA with her husband, also briefly introduces the finalists. According to "People", William received support at the summit from, among others, New York's ex-mayor Michael Bloomberg (81), the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern (43), and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates (67).
The Earthshot Prize, established by William in 2020, aims to support potential solutions to environmental problems. Every year, five projects are honored at an award ceremony, each of which is supported with prize money of one million pounds. The Earthshot Prize is considered one of the prince's favorite environmental projects. He is also expected to attend the award ceremony in Singapore. It is currently unclear whether Kate will travel to Asia with them.