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Prince William is starting the new year by launching a new prize to try to “dispel the current pessimism around the environment”.

The Earthshot prize, which it’s hoped will gain the prestige of the Nobel Prize, will recognise individuals, groups or organisations who come up with solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental problems.

The competition's name is inspired by the spirit of the moon landings
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The competition’s name is inspired by the spirit of the moon landings

Over the next 10 years a multi-million pound prize will be awarded to five winners annually, rewarding those who come up with solutions for climate challenges set by the prize committee.

They could be ideas that have a positive impact on energy sources, ocean pollution, air pollution, fresh water or nature and biodiversity.

The name Earthshot was inspired by the concept of moonshots, which became synonymous with the idea of ambitious technological breakthrough after the 1969 moon landing.

The new prize is designed to be a celebration of innovation.

The Duke of Cambridge has been working on the idea for over a year.

He wants to look for positive ways to address the world’s environmental challenges, dispelling some of the pessimism and replacing it with optimism and action.

Talking about the prize, he said: “The Earth is at a tipping point and we face a stark choice: either we continue as we are and irreparably damage our planet or we remember our unique power as human beings and our continual ability to lead, innovate and problem-solve.

The prize wants solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental problems
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The prize hopes to find solutions to environmental problems such as plastic pollution

“Remember the awe inspiring civilisations that we have built, the life-saving technology we have created, the fact that we have put a man on the moon.

“People can achieve great things. And the next 10 years present us with one of our greatest tests – a decade of action to repair the Earth.”

Details of who will fund the prize and who will be on the award panel is still being finalised, with the first prize ceremony expected to take place in 2021.

In a short video to launch the prize, Sir David Attenborough says: “The spirit of the moonshot can guide us today as we confront the serious challenges we face on Earth.

“This year, Prince William and a global alliance launch the most prestigious environment prize in history: The Earthshot Prize.

“A global prize designed to motivate and inspire a new generation of thinkers, leaders and dreamers to think differently.



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“Visionaries rewarded over the next decade for responding to the great challenges of our time.”

From Prince Philip, to Prince Charles, to Princes William and Harry, the Royal Family have been champions for the environment for decades, and Prince William has spoken to his father and grandfather about the award.

William and the team behind the project believed now was the prefect time to launch it, at the start of a new decade.

2020 is seen as a “super year” for the environment when crucial climate summits will take place including the Convention on Biodiversity in China and the COP26 Climate Change Conference in the UK.

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