Prince William Hits the Green Carpet in Singapore for His Earthshot Prize Awards!
2023/11/09

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Prince William's third Earthshot Prize awards ceremony took place in Singapore on Tuesday night, attracting an array of celebrities and environmental experts. The green carpet was graced by stars such as actress Cate Blanchett, Ted Lasso star Hannah Waddingham, and Emmy award-winning actor and producer Sterling K. Brown, who all shared their admiration for the next wave of environmentalists and businesses striving to solve the world's most urgent problems.

Blanchett, a member of the Earthshot Prize Council, joined Prince William on the green carpet before the prince met with Waddingham and Brown, the joint hosts of the ceremony at the Mediacorp Theatre.

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As they made their way into the auditorium, Waddingham, paying tribute to war veterans, wore a red poppy emblem on her dress.

This year marked the third installment of the Earthshot Prize, which originated in London in 2021 and was held in Boston last year. Prince William's wife, Kate Middleton, was absent from the event as she stayed in the UK to support their son Prince George in his school exams. The awards ceremony focused on the ideas of the future, following an extensive search for the most innovative solutions to the planet's environmental challenges. Over 1,100 nominations were reviewed, a 20% increase from previous years.

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The Earthshot Prize awards winners in five categories: Clean Our Air, Protect and Restore Nature, Revive Our Oceans, Build a Waste-Free World, and Fix Our Climate. Each year, one million dollars is awarded to the winners in each category.

The recipients of this year's Earthshot Prizes included Acción Andina, a grassroots community-based initiative from the Andes Mountains that works to protect high Andean forest ecosystems. The Clean Our Air Earthshot Prize was awarded to GRST, a Hong Kong-based company that has created an innovative solution to make future electric cars cleaner.

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The Revive Our Oceans prize went to the WildAid Marine Program, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending illegal fishing and strengthening ocean conservation. S4S Technologies from India won the Earthshot Prize to Build A Waste-Free World for their solar-powered dryers and processing equipment that combat food waste. Finally, Boomitra was recognized with the Earthshot Prize titled Fix Our Climate for their work in removing emissions and incentivizing land restoration.

During the awards ceremony, Prince William acknowledged the challenges and emphasized hope. He expressed gratitude to Singapore for hosting the event and praised the city for its dedication to technology and innovation in repairing and regenerating the planet.

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Prince William's vision for the Earthshot Prizes spans a decade, hoping that future generations will view this period as a turning point in collective global action for the planet.

The evening was not complete without exceptional musical performances by One Republic, Bastille, and Bebe Rexha. The ceremony will be broadcast on PBS in the US on Sunday, November 12.

Before the awards ceremony, Prince William met with the 15 finalists during "Earthshot Week." He expressed his pride in the growth of the Earthshot Prize from its initial concept to the impactful initiative it has become. He stressed the importance of supporting the finalists in their continued endeavors to amplify their impact over the next ten years.

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Prince William's dedication to environmental issues was evident throughout the week as he also attended the United for Wildlife Global Summit, where global leaders shared ideas and strategies for combating the illegal wildlife trade.

Singapore was chosen as the location for the Earthshot Prize awards and related events due to its prominent position in the climate action movement in Southeast Asia. The country serves as a model for leveraging technology, capital, and human ingenuity to collaboratively address environmental challenges.

Prince William concluded the ceremony with a message of optimism and hope, emphasizing the importance of working together for the future of our planet. The night celebrated the remarkable achievements of the Earthshot Prize winners and finalists, underscoring the power of collaboration and innovation in environmental conservation.

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