Five Childhood Friends from Oman Win Prince of Wales’s Earthshot Prize, Receive $1.2 Million to Develop Carbon-Reducing Innovation

1: five childhood friends from oman have been recognized with the prestigious earthshot prize, presented by prince william and catherine, the duke and duchess of cambridge, at a ceremony in boston this past friday. the five projects, chosen from a list of 15 finalists by a panel that included prince william, sir david attenborough, actress cate blanchett, footballer dani alves, fijian activist ernest gibson and singer shakira, are to clean our air, protect and restore nature, build a waste-free world, fix our climate and protect and restore our oceans. the winners will receive £1 million ($1.2 million) to develop their innovation.

2: the ceremony, which is scheduled to be broadcast at 17:30 gmt on sunday on the bbc in the uk and on monday in the us, took place during a three-day trip to the us by the duke and duchess of cambridge, during which they met with president joe biden. meanwhile, lady susan hussey, a key member of the royal household, resigned after repeatedly asking a black british charity boss where she was “really” from. in response, william’s spokesperson stated that “racism has no place in our society”.

3: the five projects are based in kenya, india, australia, the uk and oman and are aimed at reducing billions of tonnes of co2. talal hasan, the founder of 44.01, expressed his pride in winning the earthshot prize, while charlot magayi, ceo of mukuru clean stoves, reported that her product has reached 200,000 households in kenya since 2017 and is aiming to expand her reach to one million households. pierre paslier, co-founder of the london start-up notpla, remarked that when the project began eight years ago in a student kitchen, “we would have never imagined we would be here today”. together, these two teams are embodying hope in the face of climate change, as no one wants to live in a world full of plastic waste but it’s not too late to act.

By Evey Lovelace

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