William, Prince of Wales, announced the winners of the Earthshot Prize 2022, the 2nd edition of the annual awards, at the awards ceremony held at the MGM Music Hall in Boston, the United States of America(USA).
The Earthshot Prize is focused on 5 earthshorts goals,
- to Protect and Restore Nature
- to Clean Our Air
- to Revive Our Oceans
- to Build A Waste-Free World
- to Fix Our Climate
About the Earthshot Prize:
i.Every year till 2030, 5 Earthshot Prizes will be awarded to support the environmental innovation projects for the future.
ii.The prize was inspired by US President John F. Kennedy’s ‘Moonshot’ which aimed to put a man on the moon and catalysed the development of new technology in 1960s.
The 2022 award ceremony was organised in Boston , the birthplace of former US President John F. Kennedy, in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Foundation.
Winners of The Earthshot Prize 2022:
|Protect & Restore Nature||Kheyti||India|
|Clean Our Air||Mukuru Clean Stoves||Kenya|
|Revive Our Oceans||Indigenous Women Of The Great Barrier Reef||Australia|
|Build A Waste Free World||Notpla||United Kingdom|
|Fix Our Climate||44.01||Oman|
i.Each winner of the Earthshot Prize will receive 1 million Pound sterling (USD 1.2 Million) to develop their innovation.
ii.The 5 winners of the 2022 awards were chosen from the list of 15 finalists. The selection panel includes Prince William, Sir David Attenborough, actress Cate Blanchett, footballer Dani Alves, Fijian activist Ernest Gibson and singer Shakira.
About the Winners:
i.Kheyti, an Indian startup founded by Kaushik Kappagantulu(Co-founder & CEO), developed a Greenhouse-in-a-Box, designed for small-hold farmers and the crops they grow, which offers shelter from unpredictable elements and destructive pests.
ii.Mukuru Clean Stoves, Kenya based female-founded business with mostly female staff, produces stoves that are fired by processed biomass made from charcoal, wood and sugarcane instead of solid fuels, which can lead to air pollution and accidents that claim four million lives each year.
iii.In Australia, the Indigenous Women of the Great Barrier Reef were chosen for a programme that has trained over 60 women in both traditional and digital ocean conservation methods to protect critical ecosystems of the great barrier reef.
iv.Notpla, a waste-free solution based in London, the UK, founded by Pierre Paslier and Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez created a create natural, bio-degradable plastic made out of seaweed.
v.Talal Hasan’s project 44.01 in Oman, removes carbon dioxide (CO2) into peridotite, a rock that is found in abundance both in Oman and globally, including the US, Europe and Asia. It offers a low-cost and safe alternative to traditional methods of storing carbon, which include burying it underground in disused oil wells.