Earthshot Prize 2021

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    • Recently, two Indians among 15 finalists were selected for the first-ever Earthshot Prize 2021.
      • India’s Vidyut Mohan’s technology that recycles agricultural waste to create fuel was named among the winners of the coveted prize.

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    • Dubbed as the “Eco Oscars”, the Earthshot Prize is an award set up by Prince William and the Royal Foundation, the charity founded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and historian David Attenborough to honour five finalists between 2021 and 2030 for developing solutions to fight the climate crisis.

    Key Highlights of Earth shot Prize

    • Established: 
      • 2021 was the first year when awards were handed out to finalists for their contributions towards the five UN Sustainable Development Goals — restoration and protection of nature, air cleanliness, ocean revival, waste-free living and climate action.
    • Objective:
      • Earthshot Prize hopes to encourage and support the development of solutions for Earth’s environmental problems.
    • Prize:
      • Five individuals or organisations that have come up with impactful solutions to problems plaguing the planet will be awarded one million euros.
    • Each year five winners will be selected, one for each of the UN SDG goal categories, with a total of 50 million euros being awarded by 2030.
    • The winners will be chosen from 15 finalists, three for each category, by the Earth shot Prize Council.
      • The council comprises global spokespersons who are striving to bring impactful action in various capabilities.

    Source: IE