Childhood friends from oman, talal hasan and charlot magayi, have been chosen as one of five winners of the prince of wales’s earthshot prize and will receive £1m ($1.2m) to develop their innovation which turns carbon dioxide into rock. the other winners are based in kenya, india, australia, and the uk. the awards were presented to the five winners during a star-studded ceremony in boston on friday, 5th december.
Ceremony was broadcast at 17:30 gmt on sunday on the bbc in the uk, and on monday in the us. prince william and catherine, duchess of cambridge, recently embarked on a three-day trip to the us, including a meeting with us president joe biden. the prize’s name references the “moonshot” ambition of 1960s america by then-president john f kennedy, who pledged to get a man on the moon within a decade.
Year’s second set of earthshot prizes were awarded to five individuals and projects, selected from a list of 15 finalists by a panel of eminent figures, including prince william, sir david attenborough, actress cate blanchett, footballer dani alves, fijian activist ernest gibson and singer shakira. the awards are supporting environmental innovation projects for the future, including clean our air, protect and restore nature, build a waste-free world, fix our climate and protect and restore our oceans. lady susan hussey’s resigned from the royal household after repeatedly asking a black british charity boss where she was “really” from.