Prince William congratulates finalists of inaugural Earthshot Prize
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The first episode of Prince William’s five-part BBC documentary series aired last night, as he calls on society to “do our bit” in tackling the climate change crisis. The series is focused on the Duke of Cambridge’s Earthshot Prize, which is awarding five winners with £1million each to help develop their environmental innovations. Whilst the series marks Prince William’s first time fronting the camera, the late Prince Philip presented three episodes of the wildlife documentary Survival during the 1960s.
Speaking to The Today Show, Europe correspondent Carrie-Anne Greenbank said: “There are 15 finalists for the Earthshot Prize, all of them are in with the chance of winning £1million for their various environmental innovations.
“The first episode of this series has just gone to air in the UK and this is the first time that Prince William has hosted a television documentary series.
“It’s the first time he’s fronted something like this, he’s following in the footsteps of his grandfather Prince Philip, who hosted his first documentary in the 1960s.
“Over the course of these five episodes, he will be travelling to various locations in the UK, he will be presenting on top of a wind turbine, the top of a mountain in Snowdonia in Wales, all to raise awareness of the importance of fighting climate change.”
During the 1960s, the Duke of Edinburgh presented three special episodes of Survival for Anglia Television, through his role as Patron of the WWF.
Whilst Prince William has normally tended to shy away from taking centre-stage in front of the camera, it was reported that he had been persuaded to participate as part of a “team effort” to draw attention to his Earthshot Prize.
The Duke launched the annual prize earlier this year, which forms part of his work to tackle issues around global warming, conservation and the environment.
The Prize will award £1million to 50 winners over the next decade, with the aim of launching their inventions to have a global impact on the climate change crisis.
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Prince William has organised the Earthshot Prize in collaboration with his environmental mentor, David Attenborough, who also appears in the five-part documentary.
The name of the prize has been inspired by President John F Kennedy’s ‘Moonshot’ plan from 1961 – his goal to land American astronauts on the moon by the end of the decade.
Judges on the Earthshot Prize Council include Cate Blanchett, Shakira, the Queen of Jordan and David Attenborough.
The 15 finalists were announced in September, with the award ceremony due to take place on October 17 at Alexandra Palace.
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Five winners across five categories will be awarded £1million to develop their environmental innovations.
The BBC documentary series ‘The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet’ is designed to draw global attention to the awards, and is set to be broadcasted at 6:05pm during the first two weeks of October.
Whilst the programme was originally conceived as an around-the-world tour, the Covid-19 pandemic meant that the Duke of Cambridge filmed at a range of UK locations.
Across the episodes, Prince William will visit a waste barge, broadcast from a boat and the top of Snowdonia, and will visit a 5,000-year-old settlement in Orkney.
Prince William’s ‘The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet’ is now available on BBC iPlayer and Discovery+
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