The search for the first winners of The Earthshot Prize has begun. Launched just a few weeks ago, The Earthshot Prize is the most prestigious global environment prize in history, aiming to find new solutions to the world’s biggest environmental problems.
Expo 2020 Dubai has been invited to become a Nominator for the Prize – one of more than 100 organizations from across the world invited to submit nominations, selected for their ability to identify the most impactful solutions across all sectors, from grassroots to businesses.
Together, the five Earthshots, – ‘Protect and restore nature’, ‘Clean our air’, ‘Revive our oceans’, ‘Build a waste-free world’ and ‘Fix our climate’, aim to generate new ways of thinking, as well as new technologies, systems, policies and solutions.
Expo will be nominating individuals, communities, businesses and organizations whose solutions make the most progress towards achieving the five Earthshots – simple but ambitious goals which if achieved by 2030 will improve life for us all, for generations to come.
The 5-stage prize process to select a winner for each Earthshot is as follows:
1. Nominations: Expo's nominators will seek out solutions from across the globe that will help us reach our Earthshots.
2. Screening: Nominations will be screened as part of an independent assessment process run by Deloitte, their implementation partner.
3. Shortlist: A distinguished panel of experts will support the judging process, making recommendations to The Earthshot Prize Council.
4. Selection: Prince William and The Earthshot Prize Council select the five winners.
5. Awards: The winners of The Earthshot Prize will be announced at an awards ceremony, which will take place in different cities across the world each year between 2021 and 2030.
Prizes could be awarded to a wide range of individuals, teams or collaborations – scientists, activists, economists, community projects, leaders, governments, banks, businesses, cities, and countries – anyone whose workable solutions make a substantial contribution to achieving the Earthshots.
After the awards, each winner will receive a global platform and prestigious profile, with their stories being showcased over the decade and the ambition that their solutions lead to mass adoption, replication and scaling. The £1 million in prize money will support environmental and conservation projects that are agreed with the winners. Shortlisted nominees will also be given tailored support and opportunities to help scale their work, including being connected with an ecosystem of like-minded individuals and organizations.
To find out more about The Earthshot Prize, click here.