Earthshot Prize: Prince William delivers speech
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The prize is a “new global prize for the environment, designed to incentivise change and help to repair our planet over the next 10 years”. During the award ceremony, the Duke of Cambridge issued a passionate rallying call for youngsters not to give up hope in this “decisive decade”. He urged people to feel “inspired and to act and demand”.
During his speech, William announced next year’s Earthshot will take place in the US.
He said: “Now I hope you can agree London and the UK has put on quite show for our first year, so for the second year we need to pass the baton to a country whose leadership is essential for all five of our Earthshots.
“Where better than the nation that inspired the moonshot all those years ago.
“I am delighted to announce the Earthshot prize will be heading to the United States of America in 2022.”
However, fans of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have mocked William’s move to the US after Harry and Meghan relocated to California after stepping down from the Firm.
One Twitter user, @jozzzaphen, simply wrote: “Knew it.”
Another Twitter user, @Viv_Oyolu, wrote: “He needs to have a ‘signature’ project like Invictus Games, so he can say look, I’m doing something too.”
A third Twitter user, @ThisJavier, added: “Sibling rivalry.
“Prince Harry: Check out the awesome Invictus Games I created.
“Prince William: Hold my brandy.”
@eily1978 added how they predicted the Duke of Cambridge would go to the US next year.
Tonight’s Earthshot Prize ceremony saw a number of A-list celebrities including Harry Potter star Emma Watson and Dame Emma Thompson.
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Presenting the winning award in the protect and restore nature category to the government of Costa Rica, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, said: “Nature is vital to us all.
“A thriving natural world, regulates our planet, nurtures our physical and mental health and helps feed our families.
“But for too long, we’ve neglected our wild spaces and now we’re facing a number of tipping points.
“If we don’t act now, we will permanently destabilise our planet and we will rob our children of the future they deserve.”
Kate arrived wearing an Alexander McQueen dress made for her in 2011, while her husband wore a dark green velvet blazer and a polo neck which co-host Dermot O’Leary later jokingly described as “looking very Bond”.
No stars flew to London for the event and guests were asked by organisers to “consider the environment when choosing their outfit” for the awards inspired by the Apollo moon landings, nicknamed Moonshot, which helped advance mankind’s technological achievements.
Among the winners were projects restoring coral reefs, redistributing unwanted food to the disadvantage and a project battling the issues contributing to air pollution in India.
William’s dad, Prince Charles, took to Twitter to comment on the event.
He said: “I am very proud of my son, William, for his growing commitment to the environment and the bold ambition of the Earthshot Prize.
“As a world, we need to come together to inspire, reimagine and build the sustainable future we so desperately need.”
He signed the tweet: “HRH The Prince of Wales”.
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