Pop star Shakira, actress Cate Blanchett, fellow royal Queen Rania of Jordan and sporting icons are among Prince William’s allies in his new, ambitious environmental project.
The royal has joined forces with noteworthy figures and leading minds in the environmental movement to create an advisory group to herald his Earthshot Prize to the four corners of the world.
Joining William, 38, on his prize council are: Cate Blanchett; Queen Rania of Jordan; Shakira; Christiana Figueres, the former UN climate chief; Dani Alves, the captain of the Brazilian football team; TV icon Sir David Attenborough; Hindou Ibrahim, an environmental activist from Chad; Indra Nooyi, the former CEO of Pepsi Co.; Chinese businessman and entrepreneur Jack Ma; Naoko Yamazaki, the second woman from Japan to go to space and Jao Ming, former basketball player and committed environmentalist.
“Your children, my children – they have to find ways
Prince William has brought together a list of global leaders from the worlds of entertainment, sports, and philanthropy to assemble a 13-strong council for his $65 million environmental prize.
Familiar faces on the influential and diverse panel include Cate Blanchett, Shakira, Queen Rania of Jordan, and basketball star Yao Ming, all of whom are currently engaged in environmental activism.
The Earthshot Prize prize council members, who represent six continents, will sit alongside the Duke of Cambridge and Sir David Attenborough as they are supported by a scientific advisory panel to select five winners each year for the next ten years to provide at least 50 solutions to the world’s biggest environmental problems by 2030.
Also joining the group are Brazilian soccer star Dani Alves, Costa Rican diplomat Christiana Figueres, former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, Chinese business magnate and philanthropist Jack
LONDON (AP) — Prince William has joined forces with renowned British broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough to launch Thursday a new environmental award, the Earthshot Prize, which has grand ambitions to “incentivize change and help to repair our planet over the next 10 years.”
The prize takes its inspiration from the Moonshot challenge that President John F. Kennedy set for the U.S. in 1961 to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade.
William, who has been immersed in environmental issues all his life, said the same resources used to tackle the coronavirus pandemic should be devoted to saving the natural world.
“According to the experts, it really is the point of no return,” he told Sky News. “We have 10 years to fundamentally fix our planet.”
The plan envisions five prizes of 1 million pounds ($1.3 million) awarded each year