Five winners of the second Earthshot Prize Awards announced

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The Prince of Wales has revealed the 2022 Earthshot Prize winners who will each receive a £1 million prize to develop their innovations.

Prince William announced the winners on Friday (2 December) at an awards ceremony in Boston in the US.

Speaking during the ceremony, The Prince of Wales said: “I believe that the Earthshot solutions you have seen this evening prove we can overcome our planet’s greatest challenges. And by supporting and scaling them we can change our future.

“Alongside tonight’s winners and finalists, and those to be discovered over the years to come, it’s my hope the Earthshot legacy will continue to grow, helping our communities and our planet to thrive.”

Who are the winning entrepreneurs?

Clean our Air: Mukuru Clean Stoves, Kenya – A start-up providing cleaner-burning stoves to women in Kenya to reduce unhealthy indoor pollution and provide a safer way to cook.

Protect and Restore Nature: Kheyti, India – A pioneering solution for local smallholder farmers to reduce costs, increase yields and protect livelihoods in a country on the frontlines of climate change.

Revive our Oceans: Indigenous Women of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia – A women-led program that combines 60,000 years of indigenous knowledge with digital technologies to protect land and sea.

Build a Waste-free World: Notpla, United Kingdom – A circular solution creating an alternative to plastic packaging from seaweed.

Fix our Climate: 44.01, Oman – Created by childhood friends who have developed an innovative technique to turn CO2 into rock, and permanently store it underground.

The Earthshot Prize

Each year, over the decade, five winners will be chosen for their “ground-breaking solutions” to five of the most significant environmental challenges facing the planet.

2022 was the second annual Earthshot prize after the inaugural ceremony last year.

From a list of fifteen finalists, a judges panel that includes Prince William, Sir David Attenborough, actress Cate Blanchett, footballer Dani Alves, Chinese business magnate Jack Ma and singer Shakira, chose the five winners.

I believe that the Earthshot solutions you have seen this evening prove we can overcome our planet’s greatest challenges.

The Earthshot Prize says it embarked on a nine-month search process to find the finalists. Over 1000 applications from around the world were considered, with 15 finalists from 10 countries chosen through a selection process supported by an advisory panel.

All 15 Finalists who featured in the ceremony will receive tailored support from The Earthshot Prize Global Alliance, a network of philanthropies, NGOs and private sector businesses around the world that will help scale their solutions.

Support could include access to resources across numerous professions including manufacturing, retail, supply chains, legal advice, digital technology, business strategy and government relations.

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