Prince William’s judging panel for £50m prize – royals, pop stars and TV legends
Prince William will be joined by royalty, celebrities and experts from around the world to judge his new £50m environmental prize.
The Earthshot Prize – the most prestigious global environment award in history – has been set up to incentivise change and help repair our planet over the next ten years, which experts claim is a critical decade for the Earth.
The competition, which launches today, will offer five, one million-pound prizes to be awarded each year for the next 10 years, providing at least 50 solutions to the world’s greatest environmental problems by 2030.
Now, William has announced his trusted panel of high-profile leaders from the environmental, philanthropic, business, sporting and entertainment worlds who will make up his The Earthshot Prize Council.
The list includes the Queen of Jordan, TV legend Sir David Attenborough, actor Cate Blanchett and popstar Shakira.
Speaking as he announced the new prize, William admitted he is “struggling to keep the optimism levels going with my own children” as they learn about the climate emergency and the state the natural world is in.
He revealed he looked at his children and asked himself “am I doing enough on this?”
He added: “Are we really at this stage in life when I can’t be hugely optimistic and pleased that my children are getting so into nature because you kind of worry and dread they’re soon going to realise that we are in a very, very dangerous and difficult time in the environment and that as a parent, you feel you’re letting them down immediately.
“So, having watched so many David Attenborough documentaries recently with my children, they absolutely love them, the most recent one – the extinction one – actually George and I had to turn it off, we got so sad about it halfway through.
“He said to me you know I don’t want to watch this anymore, why has it come to this and you know he’s seven years old and he’s asking me these questions already, he really feels, it and I think every 7 year old out there can relate to that.
“So, I really feel from an emotional point of view as well I think every parent, everyone wants to do the best for their children, and I think we have to have a decade of change, a decade of repairing the planet so that we can hand it on to the next generation and future generations and sustain the prosperity for their lives too.”
The full list of experts joining Prince William on the panel:
Described by Kensington Palace as “the most prestigious global environment prize in history”, the Earthshot Prize is Prince William’s ambitious attempt to instil optimism into the fight against some of the world’s greatest challenges.
William commended his grandfather Prince Philip and his father Charles for their lifelong efforts on conservation, with insiders saying william “feels it is his time to take the mantle and make a change for future generations”.
He said: “My grandfather started doing stuff with conservation a long time ago, WWF, my father was ahead of his time talking about climate change.
“I don’t want to be ahead of my time because we are already too late. Now is the time to act.
“My children look to me and ask me lot of questions, they love the natural world.
“And they want to know answers and want to know why there is so much negativity and why is everyone so worried and how bad can it get?
“And I want to turn round to them and say ‘we have solutions, we can find a way through this’.
“Human ingenuity and human spirit and innovation is huge. We put a man on the moon, we can do this.”
William said the same commitment to tackling coronavirus should be shown towards saving the natural world.
He added: “We found over £190 billion worth to fix and help the recovery through Covid. We can do the same for the environment.”
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