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LONDON – Celebrities joined Prince William in London on Sunday for the inaugural ceremony of his Earthshot Prize, an ambitious environmental program aimed at finding new ideas and technologies around the world to tackle climate change and the most pressing challenges of the planet.

Actors Emma Thompson, Emma Watson and David Oyelowo joined Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, to present the awards at Alexandra Palace in north London.

Guests were asked to “consider the environment when choosing their outfit,” so Watson arrived wearing a dress made up of 10 dresses from the charity Oxfam. Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress made for her in 2011, while her husband wore a dark green velvet blazer and polo neck.

William and his charity, The Royal Foundation, launched the Earthshot Prize last year, inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 “Moonshot” speech that challenged and inspired Americans to go to the moon.

The award, which will be awarded to five laureates each year until 2030, is touted as the most prestigious of its kind. Each winner will receive a grant worth £ 1 million ($ 1.4 million) to develop and develop their ideas.

“There have been a lot of amazing ideas over the last few decades, but it’s the implementation that really matters, so that’s what it is. So that’s really a reason to. be merry, ”said Thompson.

In a short pre-recorded video, William said, “We are living at the most important time in human history.”

“The actions we choose or choose not to take over the next 10 years will determine the fate of the planet for the next 1,000,” he said.

“Many answers already exist,” he added. “But we need everyone, from all parts of society. To raise their ambition and come together to fix our planet.”

Finalists include a 14-year-old student who proposes to use solar power to replace charcoal to power millions of roadside ironing carts in India; an onshore coral farm in the Bahamas to restore dying coral reefs; a community project in Congo devoted to the protection of gorillas; and a Kenyan company that turns organic waste into fertilizer and insect protein for farmers.

The ceremony comes days before the UN’s COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow, which begins on October 31.


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