Bayes Centre News: Prince William announces Earthshot Prize winners
On 2nd of December, Prince William and The Earthshot Prize unveiled the 2022 Earthshot Prize winners – an accomplished group of entrepreneurs and innovators spearheading groundbreaking solutions to repair and regenerate the planet.
Each winner was awarded a £1 million prize at the second-annual Earthshot Prize awards ceremony.
Inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s Moonshot challenge in the 1960s, which united millions of people around the goal of putting a person on the moon within a decade, The Earthshot Prize aims to discover and help scale innovative solutions that put the world firmly on a trajectory toward a stable climate by 2030 – a world in which communities, oceans and biodiversity can thrive in harmony. Each year over the course of this critical decade for the planet, five winners will be chosen for their ground-breaking solutions to five of the greatest environmental challenges facing our planet.
These five Earthshots are:
- Protect and Restore Nature
- Clean our Air
- Revive our Oceans
- Build a Waste-free World
- Fix our Climate
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.
Following a rigorous selection process focused on identifying the most inspirational, impactful, and inclusive solutions, the five 2022 winners are:
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 – An inspiring 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.
In its second year, The Earthshot Prize embarked upon an ambitious global nine-month search process, seeking out the most inspiring and innovative solutions to the greatest environmental challenges facing the planet.
Over 1000 applications from around the world were considered, with 15 finalists from 10 countries chosen through a selection process supported by an expert advisory panel. Each of the winners’ solutions excelled in the rigorous screening process following an assessment on their potential to create game-changing impact around the world, and their ability to help us reach our Earthshot goals while also positively impacting people, communities, and the natural world.
Find out how to watch the award ceremony.
The Bayes Centre - Official Nominator
The Bayes Centre is delighted to be one of a carefully selected group of Earthshot Official Nominators from around the globe. Nominators are chosen for their ability to identify the most impactful solutions to the five Earthshots and are united by the common aim – repairing and regenerating the planet. Nominators represent not-profit, foundations, investment, corporate, academic, governmental and community led organisations.
We're delighted to be a part of this select group and in 2023 will again look to put forward some of the most inventive and impactful companies, for this global prize.
Find out more about how the Earthshot Prize finds its innovative solutions.
The Earthshot Prize: Urgent Optimism & Action to Repair the Planet