This Friday certainly was an exciting one for Prince William – celebrating the fact that the Earthshot Prize is officially an independent charity.
As the founder of the hugely successful Prize in 2020, Prince William is now set to take on the role of charity President.
The Earthshot Prize, as a global environmental ward aiming to reward innovative ecological solutions, has been backed a host of celebrities.
The Duke of Cambridge will be joined by four new trustees, these include M. Sanjayan, Jason Knauf, Zoe Ware and Jean Christophe Gray, hoping to provide unique perspective on how to help grow the Prize and its global recognition.
The Chair of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Lord Hague, said: “It is with great pride that we see The Earthshot Prize become an independent charity today.
“It is the most ambitious project Prince William and The Royal Foundation have delivered to date and is a shining example of what can be achieved when leaders, businesses and people work together to tackle one of society’s greatest challenges,” continued Lord Hague.
Concluding by saying that: “The Prize has already achieved extraordinary impact, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the team over the coming decade, which we know to be critical in the mission to repair our planet.”
Inspired by late US President John F. Kennedy’s Moonshot programme in the 60s, Earthshot was launched by Prince William and The Royal Foundation last year in October.
The Earthshot Prize is based on five Earthshot goals, these are to: Fix our climate; Clean our air; Revive the oceans; Protect nature and restore it; Build a waste-free world. Towards these goals, five £1 million prizes are awarded each year for the next decade, meaning at least 50 solutions to the world’s largest environmental struggles by 2031.
The recipients of the awards are announced during the Earthshot Prize Ceremony, last year’s inaugural event was held at London’s Alexandra Palace, while this years is set to take place in the United States.