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Prince William And Duchess Kate Start The Eartshot Prize: A Decade Of Action To Repair The Earth

Geschreven op 3-1-2020 - Erik van Erne. Geplaatst in Natuur Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have started 2020 with the launch of a global environmental initiative to inspire a decade of action to repair the planet.

The Earthshot Prize “will seek answers to the biggest issues currently facing the planet, including: climate and energy, nature and biodiversity, oceans, air pollution, and fresh water.”

Prince William and Duchess Kate will award the Earthshot Prize to five winners every year between 2021 and 2030 in an annual awards ceremony in different cities around the world. The cash prize will be for organizations or individuals who provide solutions to environmental problems. The prize will launch later in 2020.

The Earthshot Prize was announced on social media on New Year’s Eve in a video narrated by filmmaker and environmentalist Sir David Attenborough.

Over the last ten years, the evidence that we face urgent challenges to protect the environment has become indisputable, and it’s clear that the time to act is now. Drawing inspiration from the concept of moonshots, which since the moon landing in 1969 has become shorthand to talk about the most ambitious and ground-breaking goals, Prince William announces the Earthshot Prize: an ambitious set of challenges to inspire a decade of action to repair the planet.

The Earthshot Prize is inspired by US President John F. Kennedy’s Moonshot, when he set a goal in 1961 to land American astronauts on the Moon before 1970. Just as the moonshot that John F. Kennedy proposed in the 1960s catalyzed new technology such as the MRI scanner and satellite dishes, we want our Earthshot challenges to create a new wave of ambition and innovation around finding ways to help save the planet.

The challenges will be a chance for everyone’s voice to be heard, we want to motivate and inspire a new generation of thinkers, leaders, and dreamers. Our prizes will reward progress across all sectors of industry and society, not just technology. The prizes could be awarded to a wide range of individuals, teams or collaborations — scientists, activists, economists, leaders, governments, banks, businesses, cities, and countries — anyone who is making a substantial development or outstanding contribution to solving our environmental challenges.

Prince William 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 Duke and Duchess of Cambridge consulted with and has the backing of more than 60 organizations before launching the Earthshot Prize, not to mention the highly respected Attenborough. According to BBC correspondent Jonny Dymond, the Palace says “it’s the biggest commitment the Duke has ever made.”

This initiative puts the Cambridges firmly in the camp of those who believe in climate change and are working to eradicate it. This is a very public stand. Prince Harry has also said that he is troubled by climate change deniers. This can only be a good thing: The prize encourages innovation, and raises the profile of the urgent need to protect the environment.

See also: The Prince of Wales: A Garden Party To Make A Difference by StartThe Prince of Wales: Save the Rainforest Campaign – Corporate leaders unite with The Prince of Wales – Trailer Harmony Movie with The Prince of Wales – HRH Prince of Wales introduces the IBM Start Jam: Smarter Businessfor a Sustainable Future – Prins Charles: The Green Prince of Wales Slaughters Cows To Lower Carbon Footprint – The Prince of Wales: The Wool Project – The Prince of Wales – Wine rides so fine

Blue Planet II Prequel by Sir David Attenborough – The Truth About Global Warming and Climate Change by Sir David Attenborough – Race To Save The Reef Full Documentary: Great Barrier Reef Headed For Massive Death by CNN – The World In 2050: The Real Future Of Earth Documentary by BBC – MSNBC’s Future Earth 2025: 100 Heartbeats – The Sixth Extiction by Jeff Corwin – Dynasties – The Greatest Of Their Kind: The New Sir David Attenborough Series by BBC Earth

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  1. Erik van Erne zegt:

    20 oktober 2020 om 15:29 | Permalink

    Sir David Attenborough Shares 7 Ways We Can Help Stop Climate Change

    Sir David Attenborough recently joined Instagram and became an overnight sensation. His purpose is to help teach people how to live more sustainably and help save the planet through their individual choices. The host of “Planet Earth” is eager to convey to his fans the urgency of the situation we are in regarding climate change. His most recent IGTV featured a dialogue with 9 climate activists including celebrities, such as Billie Eilish and David Beckham as well as wildlife experts and conservation officers. In the 16-minute video, Attenborough shares seven ways we can better understand the climate crisis, which he hopes will lead us to each want to make individual changes that will lead to taking better care of the planet.

    Observation #1: Look after the wild world, take care of animals, and don’t waste food or electricity
    Observation #2: It’s terrible [to see] what we are doing to the natural world, not only in the sea but on the land and in the air.
    Observation #3: Notice how nature can flourish in the corners of the world, such as city parks.
    Observation #4: During these recent months… I’ve realized there’s so much to see… that you will realize you never actually looked at [it] before.
    Observation #5: “We are responsible for what we buy.”
    Observation #6: Show people [natural] things and suddenly they become aware that these things that they’ve only seen in picture books or on television are real.
    Observation #7: We can’t solve most of this problem by ourselves. We depend upon one another and upon agreeing.

  2. Erik van Erne zegt:

    1 november 2020 om 12:11 | Permalink

    Earthshot Prize: Let’s Choose To FIX Our Climate

    We will combat climate change by removing more carbon from the atmosphere than we put into it and ensuring all countries reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. We will build defences to protect innocent people from climate driven disasters and crises.

    We will award The Earthshot Prize to the most outstanding efforts to meet this challenge. To the cities or countries who reach net-zero emissions; to the leaders who create millions of new jobs in a carbon neutral economy; to the technologists who remove carbon from the atmosphere on a global scale, whilst protecting human life and nature. We choose to fix our climate so that life everywhere can thrive for generations to come.

  3. Erik van Erne zegt:

    1 november 2020 om 12:15 | Permalink

    Earthshot Prize: Let’s Choose To Build A Waste-Free World

    We choose to eliminate food waste, single-use packaging, and inspire a new generation of people, companies, and industries to reuse, repurpose, and recycle.

    We will award The Earthshot Prize to the most outstanding efforts to meet this challenge. To the organisations that are eliminating single-use products and packaging; to the cities that revolutionise their waste management systems; and to the innovators who give new life to things destined for landfill. We choose to build a system that can work forever, where people everywhere can live safe, healthy and happy lives, without waste.

  4. Erik van Erne zegt:

    1 november 2020 om 12:19 | Permalink

    Earthshot Prize: Let’s Choose To Revive Our Oceans

    We refuse to accept a world where turtles, dolphins and coral reefs vanish from our seas. We choose to bring forward a new era where everyone uses the ocean sustainably.

    We will award The Earthshot Prize to the most outstanding efforts to meet this challenge. To the innovators who revolutionise our understanding of life underwater; to the leaders who end criminal and unsustainable fishing practices; and to the technologists who repair coral reefs and show us how to remove pollution from the ocean on a global scale. We choose a future where our children can enjoy the ocean for years to come, and where the ocean can continue to sustain and enrich all life on Earth.

  5. Erik van Erne zegt:

    1 november 2020 om 12:22 | Permalink

    Earthshot Prize: Let’s Choose to Clean Our Air

    We choose to end outdated transport that emits toxic fumes, remove pollution from the air using both technology and nature, and eliminate the burning of fossil fuels, choosing 100% renewable energy for everyone – from big cities to rural villages.

    We will award The Earthshot Prize to the most outstanding efforts to meet this challenge. To the innovators who create job opportunities in green transport and clean energy; to the businesses who remove more pollution from the air than they put into it; and to the communities who let us heat our homes, travel to work and feed our families without polluting the air that we breathe.

  6. Erik van Erne zegt:

    1 november 2020 om 12:28 | Permalink

    Earthshot Prize: Let’s Choose To Protect And Restore Nature

    We must act now to protect our future. We choose to repair and preserve the habitats that our animals need to live, from rainforests and grasslands, to wetlands, lakes and rivers.

    We will award The Earthshot Prize to the most outstanding efforts to meet this challenge. To the conservationists who put a stop to poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking; to the landowners who create job opportunities for people who look after natural land; and to the entrepreneurs who help scale solutions for planting billions more trees that will secure the health and safety of generations to come.

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