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The Earthshot Prize

The following text has been adapted from a BBC News article by Justin Rowlatt, published on October 8th 2020: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-54435638

‘Prince William and Sir David Attenborough have joined forces to launch what they hope will become the “Nobel Prize for environmentalism”.

‘They say the search is on for 50 solutions to the world’s gravest environmental problems by 2030. With £50m to be awarded over a decade, the “Earthshot Prize” is the biggest environmental prize ever.

‘The Prince said “positivity” had been missing from the climate debate – something the award could supply. “The Earthshot prize is really about harnessing that optimism and that urgency to find some of the world’s solutions to some of the greatest environmental problems,” he told the BBC.

‘Anyone could win, he explained, as he called for “amazing people” to create “brilliant innovative projects”. These, he said, could help save the planet.

‘”I feel right now it’s my responsibility”, Prince William said. The world is “at a tipping point”, explained the Prince, who said the Earthshot Prize is his and Sir David’s effort to ensure we hand the planet on to our children and grandchildren “in a better state than we found it.”

‘The Earthshot Prize will make five awards of £ 1million each year for 10 years. These “Earthshots” are intended as “universal goals to repair our planet by 2030” and will go to the best and most innovative ideas to help:

  • Protect and restore nature
  • Clean our air
  • Revive our oceans
  • Build a waste-free world
  • Fix our climate


International initiatives addressing societal challenges

There are many international initiatives addressing climate change and other societal challenges. The Global Lab for Societal Innovation is just one of them.

Exemplary efforts are being made through various United Nations agencies to tackle the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

See, for example:

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_Development_Goals

The Presencing Institute is working on several programs aimed at bringing people together to work on societal transformation.

See: https://www.presencing.org/

A recent initiative of extraordinary potential is the Earthshot Prize. The intention is the mobilize people to develop powerful initiatives to solve key climate problems by 2030.

See: https://earthshotprize.org/

A Global Lab for Climate Resilience

Too many innovation projects, even successful initiatives addressing global challenges like climate adaptation, take place in the confines of national, institutional or expertise silos. Often even successful results prove difficult to scale from place to place, and from local to global. This makes it difficult to tackle many of society’s major challenges effectively.

This is why we are working to co-create a Global Lab for Societal Innovation, which can address important societal issues as collaborative innovation projects – orchestrated initiatives which allows different organizations in different countries to work in a focused way, at the same time, on diverse aspects of major societal challenges.

Objectives of the Global Lab initiative

  • To work on creating breakthroughs on societal issues in an open, focused and orchestrated way;
  • To address societal challenges as a collaborative innovation project, bringing together relevant players from around the world to pool expertise and work together;
  • To become a laboratory for mission-driven innovation;
  • To contribute to a worldwide wave of positive change.

A number of modest Initial activities have been taking place since mid-2019.