15 Finalists Announced For Prince William’s EarthShot Prize

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By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer

In October 2020, Prince William created the EarthShot Prize, a £1 million reward for five innovations that help improve climate and conservation issues. This year, fifteen finalists have been selected. Winners will be chosen from across five categories: Protect and Restore Nature; Clean Our Air; Revive our Oceans; Build a Waste-free World; and Fix our Climate.


Why this Matters: This £1 million prize could inspire new climate innovation and bring the world together to tackle the existential threat of climate change. Prince William told the BBC

Over half a century ago, President Kennedy’s “Moonshot” program united millions of people around the goal of reaching the Moon. Inspired by this, the EarthShot Prize aims to mobilize collective action around our unique ability to rise to the greatest challenges in human history.


A Closer Look

The finalist representing the US in the “Revive our Oceans” category of the prize is Pristine Seas, an organization that protects 6.5 million square km of the world’s oceans — an area more than twice the size of India. The organization conducts studies, explores the ocean, and works with marine reserves.


“Our goal for Pristine Seas has always been to conserve the ocean. Science has shown us that we need to protect at least 30 percent of the world’s oceans by 2030 in order to restore marine life, increase our seafood supply, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Enric Sala, the founder of Pristine Seas, in a press release. “It is an honor to be recognized as one of the finalists for the first-ever Earthshot Prize. This recognition gives us additional support to achieve our ambitious goal to preserve our ocean for future generations.” 


Royal Foundation Chief Executive Jason Knauf told the BBC: “The prince said ‘what am I going to do in the next decade that means I can look my children in the eye and say that I did my bit during a moment in history when it really mattered.’”

Read about the rest of the finalists here.

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