The Earthshot Prize has been designed to find and grow the solutions that will repair our planet this decade. We face our greatest challenge; to regenerate the place we all call home in the next ten years. We believe in the power of human ingenuity to prove to us all that the seemingly impossible is possible.
The Earthshot Prize is supported by its Global Alliance, an unprecedented network of organisations worldwide which share the ambition of the Prize to incentivise change and help to repair our planet over the next ten years. Our Global Alliance Members are some of the world’s largest and most influential companies and brands who support our Earthshots, implement ambitious changes within their businesses and accelerate our winning solutions.
“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. People can achieve great things. The next ten years present us with one of our greatest tests – a decade of action to repair the Earth.”
Prince William The Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge
Honourable Prime Minister Jacinda Arden Earthshot Speech
The Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit
The Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit took place on the morning of September 21, 2022 at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. The Summit, was hosted by Michael R. Bloomberg, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions, and the summit brought together heads of state, government and civil society leaders, philanthropists, business executives, and grassroots climate activists from around the world to spotlight emerging, systems-changing solutions and showcase the critical need to turbocharge ground-breaking climate innovations to address the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.
Her Majesty Queen Rania
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah called for mobilizing collective action and ingenuity to repair the planet, and reaffirmed the transformative power of hope and innovation in the global climate battle. As council member of The Earthshot Prize, Her Majesty made her remarks at the first-ever Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit held in New York on Wednesday on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly week. Hosted by the UN Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions, Michael R. Bloomberg, and marking Climate Week in New York, the summit aims to showcase and highlight the impact of groundbreaking climate solutions, and connect the next generation of climate visionaries with influential world leaders. Founded in 2020 by Prince William and The Royal Foundation, The Earthshot Prize is a global environmental prize and platform to discover, accelerate, and scale trailblazing eco-innovations to regenerate the planet.
In her remarks, Queen Rania thanked the Prince of Wales for his leadership and vision and paid tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II and her climate advocacy. Addressing heads of state, top environmental innovators, philanthropists, and prominent business leaders from across the world, Her Majesty cautioned that in this time of heightened volatility, “no one can afford to sit on the sidelines,” and “no one can claim that climate change is somebody else’s problem, or shrug it off for future generations to address.” “We’re all affected by a warming planet, and decisions being made right now will determine our shared tomorrow. So, we must choose, and we must act as united nations,” she said.
Her Majesty stated that in order to fuel the global fight against climate change and accelerate progress, leaders must join forces and apply their collective ingenuity to repair the planet. “If we stick together, we can make fixing the climate the greatest project, and greatest achievement, of our lifetimes,” she said. The Queen explained that while the world is not short on climate science or solutions, it must rally the “political will” to build a safer, healthier, and more stable future. In a call for unity, Her Majesty envisioned a future where clean, green development enhances the livability of communities, enables greater equity, and feeds a burgeoning global population. Stressing the urgency of this crisis, the Queen also warned of the dire costs of climate inaction, which are “worse than any nightmare.” “But let us be driven by hope, not fear, because hope is not passive. It is the ultimate source of renewable energy,” she said, adding that achieving carbon-neutrality can be a journey of innovation, fueled by a spirit of possibility and driven by faith in ourselves.
In addition to hosting finalists and winners of The Earthshot Prize, and celebrating their pioneering eco-innovations, The Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit featured panel discussions, and presentations spotlighting its five key pillars of climate solutions: Protect and Restore Nature, Clean Our Air, Revive Our Oceans, Build A Waste-Free World, and Fix Our Climate. Among those who spoke at the summit were Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates, chair of The Earthshot Prize Christiana Figueres, and actor Matt Damon.