2020 | The Earthshot Prize

2020 | The Earthshot Prize


Inspired by this stunning achievement, Prince William established The Earthshot Prize to uncover and scale the innovative solutions that will repair our planet within the next ten years.

Each year for the next decade, five solutions will be awarded £1 million and the accolade of becoming one of only 50 winners of The Earthshot Prize. What they receive is so much more than a title.

Becoming a winner of The Earthshot Prize affords them access to a global platform and profile with their stories being showcased the world over.

We will support them to ensure that their moment doesn’t end with winning The Earthshot Prize, but takes them on a journey that will see their solutions be adopted and scaled to drive the impact we know they can have on our planet.


— The Royal Foundation of the Prince and Princess of Wales launched The Earthsot Prize by Prince William in 2020.
— In July 2022, The Earthshot Prize was formally established as an independent charity.


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October 13, 2021 – Generation Earthshot Event – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew in London today with local school children to take part in a Generation Earthshot event to help generate big, bold ideas to repair the planet and to help spark a lasting enthusiasm for the natural world. Generation Earthshot invites students aged 10 + and their teachers around the world to join in with the mission of The Earthshot Prize: to discover the best solutions to help repair our planet. It aims to unlock the potential of the next generation of inventors, innovators and leaders, and inspire in them the enthusiasm to develop new solutions to the greatest environmental challenges. The Duke and Duchess invited teachers globally to involve their classrooms in efforts to repair the planet by using a free Generation Earthshot teacher toolkit and sharing students’ best environmental ideas.

October 17, 2021 – Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony – The first-ever Earthshot Prize awards ceremony was held at the iconic Alexandra Palace in London in 2021. Clara Amfo and Dermot O’Leary hosted the evening’s event, which Prince William introduced. Sir David Attenborough spoke about the significance of The Earthshot Prize and his hope that we can overcome the most critical environmental challenges of our time. The ceremony included unforgettable performances by renowned artists such as Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, KSI, Yemi Alade, and Shawn Mendes. The awards ceremony recognized the global finalists and awarded the first five winners of The Earthshot Prize. The Duchess of Cambridge, Emma Thompson, Emma Watson, David Oyelowo, and Mo Salah were among the presenters who announced the five winners of The Earthshot Prize.

March 26, 2022 – Royal Tour: Caribbean – Bahamas – Day 8 – Set 1 – On the final day of their weeklong tour of Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Coral Vita, the winner of the Earthshot Prize, at their coral farm in Grand Bahama. During their visit, Sam Teicher and Gator Halpern explained to the royal couple how they are quickly expanding their efforts to plant new corals. They have set a goal to produce 10,000 new corals by the end of June 2022 in honor of World Ocean’s Day. Since winning the prize, Sam and Gator have actively promoted their cause, including speaking at COP26. They have even expanded their innovative coral farms to the Middle East and Central America. They have installed a new ‘Earthshot Happy Tank’ at their Grand Bahama farm to help optimize coral health and growth.

December 02, 2022 – Royal Visit: Boston – Day 3 – Set 2 – The Prince and Princess of Wales travelled to Boston for the second annual Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony. Their Royal Highnesses joined activists, innovators, policy makers and performers to celebrate the 15 global finalists and announce the 5 winners. Catherine presented the award in the Clean Our Air category to Mukuru Stoves, a Kenyan company that creates safer, cleaner cookstoves founded five years ago. The company’s founder Charlot Magayi designed the product after her daughter suffered burns from a substandard stove. On a fashion note, keeping in trend with the awards focus on sustainability, The Princess rented her dress from UK platform HÜRR.

September 08, 2023 – The Prince And Princess Visit RNLI LifeBoat Station & Câr-Y-Môr Seaweed Farm – During their visit to St Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales, the Prince and Princess of Wales went to Câr-Y-Môr Seaweed Farm, a key partner of Notpla, the sustainable packaging start-up and the winner of the prestigious 2022 Earthshot Prize for ‘Build a Waste-Free World.’ The royal couple met with the farm’s staff and volunteers to learn about their work and its positive impact on the ocean and the environment. Câr-Y-Môr Seaweed Farm is the first regenerative farm in Wales, and it supports the local community by providing jobs, seafood, and restoring and protecting the environment. Prince William even tried some of the seaweed and commented that it had a “salty” taste.