In a photo and statement released by Clarence House ahead of Sunday’s event, the Prince of Wales 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.”
The heir to the throne was pictured with the Duke of Cambridge beaming happily.
The congratulations from the Prince of Wales on his son’s achievements come despite Prince Harry also making climate change calls this week.
Prince Harry begged mining firms to stop “pillaging” Africa for oil and called for countries to “stand with us”.
Citing an example, the Duke of Sussex said the Okavango watershed in southern Africa was “at-risk” due to “corporate oil drilling”.
But the Prince of Wales further added ahead of the Earthshot ceremony: “Over the coming decade, with future generations in mind, the Earthshot Prize, and its inspirational nominees, will help us find the innovative solutions.
“In parallel, through my Terra Carta and Sustainable Markets Initiative, we will work to mobilise the trillions of dollars required to transition the global economy on to a more sustainable trajectory.
“Together, with all those who join us, we have a real opportunity to deliver a brighter future for humanity while restoring harmony between nature, people and planet.”
William’s Earthshot Prize takes its inspiration from the Apollo moon landings, nicknamed Moonshot, which helped advance mankind’s technological achievements.
It features five categories, or Earthshots – Protect and restore nature; Clean our air, Revive our oceans; Build a waste-free world; and Fix our climate – which organisers say if achieved by 2030 would improve life for all.
Every year from 2021 until the end of the decade, winners of the five Earthshots will each receive £1 million to develop their projects.
The inaugural 15 finalists include a 14-year-old girl from India who has designed a solar-powered ironing cart, the government of Costa Rica, which has pioneered a project paying local citizens to restore natural ecosystems, and a Chinese app that allows its citizens to hold polluters to account.
Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and KSI will perform during the ceremony, and actors Dame Emma Thompson, Emma Watson and David Oyelowo, and Liverpool FC striker Mo Salah, will be handing out the awards.
The ceremony comes ahead of the Cop26 UN climate change conference in Glasgow next month which the Queen, the Cambridges and the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will attend.
Prince William added ahead of the event: “The future is ours to determine. And if we set our minds to it, nothing is impossible.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK