Singapore will host Earthshot Prize to highlight ‘disproportionate’ climate change
The Prince of Wales’s Earthshot Awards ceremony will be held in Singapore this year to draw attention to the effects of climate change on south-east Asia, Kensington Palace has announced.
The country will host the third annual ceremony for Earthshot this November and will also be hosting the first ever Earthshot Week, a series of events accompanying the awards for the first time.
It is understood that organisers felt the south-east Asian country’s optimistic spirit of innovation, committed to restoring the planet in the face of significant environmental challenges, embodies the spirit of the prize.
The awards, masterminded by the Prince, recognise efforts to solve key environmental problems, from air pollution to climate change.
Five budding winners each win £1 million to scale up their projects.
Announcing the destination, Prince William said: “The Earthshot Prize is all about showing the world that solutions to some of the biggest environmental challenges we face are out there.
“After two years of discovering impactful ideas and innovations, I am delighted that the Earthshot Prize is travelling to Singapore, where the ground-breaking solutions of our 2023 finalists will be celebrated.”
Beginning on Nov 6, the event will see global leaders, businesses and investors convene in Singapore to explore ideas with the winners and finalists.
Members of the public will also be invited to experience local activities centred around the 2023 cohort of Earthshot solutions to repair the planet.
This year’s cohort will shine a spotlight on climate solutions fit for Asia, focusing global attention on the climate challenges that Singapore faces, as well as further afield within the continent.
‘The opportunity of our lifetimes’
Frederick Teo, chief executive of GenZero, one of Earthshot’s strategic partners, said: “Climate change is the crisis of our generation. Developing Asia, especially south-east Asia, will feel the effects of climate change disproportionately given our archipelagic and low-lying nature.
“However, we are optimistic that the power of human ingenuity, supported by thoughtful and patient capital, can transform this crisis of our generation into the opportunity of our lifetimes.
“We are excited that the Earthshot Prize will be convening the Earthshot Week and the Awards in Asia and focusing global attention on the unique climate challenges we face here.
“We look forward to partnering with the Earthshot Prize to develop, nurture and support innovative, cost-effective and scalable solutions to accelerate decarbonisation efforts in Singapore and across the region, in order to ensure a sustainable planet for the lives and livelihoods that depend on it.”
Lennox, Goulding and Eilish
The ceremony in November will also feature performances by world-renowned musicians and artists.
Last year, guests were treated to performances by Ellie Goulding, Annie Lennox and Billie Eilish at the awards ceremony in Boston.
Among the winners was Notpla, a London-based start-up that makes biodegradable packaging from seaweed and plants.
The inaugural 2021 Earthshot finalists have already made an impact on the planet with more than 1.5 million people benefiting directly from their solutions so far.
For example, over 7,000 hectares of land and almost 2.1 million hectares of ocean have been protected or restored, while over 35,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions have been reduced, avoided or sequestered.
Kensington Palace said that the finalists for this year’s awards will be unveiled this autumn.