Aga Khan Development Network partners with HRH Prince William to launch prestigious Earthshot prize

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Aga Khan Development Network partners with HRH Prince William to launch prestigious Earthshot prize
:: Five, one million-pound prizes to be awarded each year for the next 10 years, providing at least 50 solutions to the world’s greatest environmental problems by 2030
:: Five Earthshots – universal goals to repair our planet by 2030 – are announced in a new series of short films
:: Nominations to open on 1st November 2020 with an annual global awards ceremony to be held in a different city each year, starting with London in autumn 2021

London, United Kingdom, 8 October 2020 – The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is partnering with His Royal Highness Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, to launch The Earthshot Prize. The prize aims to find new solutions to environmental crises and the improvement of living standards, particularly for communities who are most at risk from climate change. The goal is to incentivise environmental change while helping repair the planet over the next ten years. The Aga Khan Development Network is a Global Alliance Founding Partner.

Taking inspiration from President John F. Kennedy’s Moonshot, which united millions of people around an organising goal to put man on the moon and catalysed the development of new technology in the 1960s, The Earthshot Prize is centred around five “Earthshots” – simple but ambitious goals for the planet which, if achieved by 2030, will improve the quality of life for all.

The five Earthshots unveiled today are:
;; Protect and restore nature
:: Clean our air
:: Revive our oceans
:: Build a waste-free world
:: Fix our climate

…Prizes could be awarded to a wide range of individuals, teams or collaborations – scientists, activists, economists, community projects, leaders, governments, banks, businesses, cities, and countries – anyone whose workable solutions make a substantial contribution to achieving the Earthshots.
Every year from 2021 until 2030, Prince William, alongside The Earthshot Prize Council, which covers six continents, will award The Earthshot Prize to five winners, one per Earthshot. Sir David Attenborough became the first member of The Earthshot Prize Council last month and spoke with a global list of leaders from the environmental, philanthropic, business, sporting and entertainment worlds.

…Nominations will open on 1 November 2020, with over 100 nominating partners from across the world being invited to submit nominations of those individuals, communities, businesses and organisations who could win The Earthshot Prize. Nominators will include the Global Alliance but also academic and non-profit institutions from across the world who have been selected for their ability to identify the most impactful solutions to the Earthshots.

The 5-stage prize process to select a winner for each Earthshot has been designed in partnership with the Centre for Public Impact and a range of international experts. Nominations will be screened as part of an independent assessment process run by Deloitte, our implementation partner. A distinguished panel of experts will support the judging process, making recommendations to the Prize Council who will select the final winners…