The Earthshot Prize adds to its unprecedented network of advocates with UN Special Envoy Bloomberg appointment.
Follows on from the announcement of first-ever 15 Earthshot Finalists from around the world earlier this month.
Inaugural awards ceremony to be held in London and broadcast globally on Sunday 17th October.
The Earthshot Prize today announced that leading climate action advocate Michael R. Bloomberg, the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions, founder of Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies and 108th mayor of New York City, has been appointed as the Global Advisor to the Winners of The Earthshot Prize.
In this role, Bloomberg will draw on his global network of government, business and philanthropic leaders and harness the resources and expertise within his company and philanthropy to help scale and replicate the Prize Winners’ solutions.
Launched by Prince William and The Royal Foundation in October 2020, The Earthshot Prize is the most prestigious global environment prize in history. Inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s ‘Moonshot’ programme in the 1960’s, which united millions of people around the goal of reaching the moon, The Earthshot Prize aims to inspire collective action around our unique ability to innovate, problem solve and ultimately repair our planet.
The Earthshot Prize is centred around five ‘Earthshot’ goals: Protect and Restore Nature; Clean our Air; Revive our Oceans; Build a Waste-Free World; and Fix our Climate. Five £1 million prizes will be awarded each year for the next 10 years, providing at least 50 solutions to the world’s greatest environmental problems by 2030.
The first-ever Earthshot Prize Finalists were publicly announced by Prince William on Friday, September 17. The incredible group includes a 14-year-old innovator and activist whose solar-powered ironing cart could help reduce air pollution across India, the City of Milan and its food waste hub initiative which is cutting waste and tackling hunger as well as the China’s first public environmental database.
Bloomberg has supported The Earthshot Prize since its inception, including support for the design of the Prize in 2019. Bloomberg Philanthropies is a Global Alliance Founding Partner and is supporting Generation Earthshot, an educational programme to engage young people in solving today’s biggest environmental challenges. Bloomberg L.P. is also a Member of the Global Alliance, and alongside an international network of influential organisations, will provide the Finalists and Winners with unparalleled support to accelerate and implement their ambitious environmental solutions.
In a joint op-ed in today’s USA Today, Prince William and Michael R. Bloomberg highlighted the importance of urgency, optimism and innovation if we are to repair our planet in the next decade, writing: “The science tells us that this is the decade to act. We see an incredible new global wave of innovators and entrepreneurs turning crises into opportunities, developing breakthrough solutions that can regenerate our planet while stimulating livelihoods. It’s an unseen movement that we are determined will become a powerful engine behind a new growth economy, and a new, better way of life for all.”
Through its Global Alliance, The Earthshot Prize will bring together funders, businesses, NGOs and individuals to take solutions to scale. Thanks to support from businesses and individuals like Bloomberg, The Earthshot Prize is designed to inspire future generations of innovators and leaders by incentivizing, rewarding and celebrating the pioneers who are creating a more sustainable future for people and the planet.
Personally, investing more than $1 billion in the global fight against climate change, Bloomberg is globally recognized for his work to accelerate climate action. This includes supporting the global phaseout of coal power through the Beyond Coal movement and leading a range of efforts to support U.S. cities, states, businesses, and organizations to drive down greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
In addition to leading a wide range of global climate initiatives, Bloomberg is President of the Board of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, Co-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, Global Ambassador for Race to Zero and Race to Resilience, Chair of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, and Chair of the Climate Finance Leaders Initiative, uniquely qualifying him to offer guidance and advice to help the five Winners’ innovations flourish and succeed.
All 15 Earthshot Prize Finalists will receive tailored support and resources from The Earthshot Prize Global Alliance Members, an unprecedented network of private sector businesses around the world who will help scale their solutions to realise an even greater impact with their ground-breaking work.
The five Winners will be selected by The Earthshot Prize Council, a diverse team of influential individuals, including HRH Prince William, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Sir David Attenborough, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Indra Nooyi, Shakira Mebarak, Christiana Figueres, Luisa Neubauer, Cate Blanchett, Yao Ming, Daniel Alves Da Silva, Ernest Gibson, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Jack Ma, and Naoko Yamazaki. The five winners will receive £1million in prize money at the inaugural ceremony on 17th October in London, broadcast by BBC ONE in the UK and globally on discovery+.
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