Over the next decade, Prince William, with the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will award 50 environmental heroes with an Earthshot Prize.

Prince William and the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced a new series of prizes aimed at inspiring and rewarding environmental action over the next decade on Tuesday.

Prince William aims to use the Earthshot Prize – inspired by the famous term “Moonshot,” which refers to the ambitious mission to land a man on the moon – to inspire “a decade of action to repair our planet,” according to an announcement video, narrated by David Attenborough.

Five prizes will be awarded every year during an annual ceremony, resulting in 50 champions worldwide by 2030. The first awards will be handed out in 2021.

“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,” the Earthshot Prize website says.

Some of the major environmental issues this prize aims to focus on include climate change, energy production, and pollution.

Earthshot Prize is backed by a global coalition of philanthropists and organisations, and winners will be awarded a cash prize, according to Reuters. More details are expected at a later date, with future announcements to take place at events across the globe.

Original source: https://www.globalcitizen.org