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Prince Charles has praised his son Prince William for the royal’s commitment to saving the planet.

On Sunday, celebrities joined the Duke of Cambridge in London for the inaugural awards ceremony of his Earthshot Prize, an ambitious environmental program aimed at creating new ideas and technologies around the world to tackle climate change and Earth’s most pressing challenges. have to search.

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Before the ceremony, the Prince of Wales took to instagram And shared a candid picture of a smiling father and son sharing a lovely hug.

“I am extremely proud of my son William for his growing commitment to the environment and the bold ambition of the Earthshot Prize,” the 72-year-old wrote.

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The British royal shared, “As a world, we need to inspire, rethink and come together to create a sustainable future.” “In the coming decade, the Earthshot Prize, and its inspiring nominees, will help us find innovative solutions with future generations in mind.”

“In parallel, through my Terra Carta and Sustainable Markets Initiative, we will work to raise the trillions of dollars needed to turn the global economy on a more sustainable trajectory,” Charles continued. “With everyone joining us, we have a real opportunity to deliver a brighter future for humanity while restoring harmony between nature, people and the planet.”

Actors Emma Thompson, Emma Watson and David Oyelowo joined the 39-year-old and his wife Kate Middleton at the award-giving at Alexandra Palace in north London.

Guests were asked to “consider the environment when choosing their outfits,” and Watson, 31, arrived wearing a wedding gown made from 10 fabrics from charity Oxfam. Middleton, 39, wore an Alexander McQueen dress made for her in 2011, while her husband wore a dark green velvet blazer and polo neck.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, attend the Earthshot Awards 2021 at Alexandra Palace on October 17, 2021 in London, England.  The Earthshot Prize, created by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and The Royal Foundation, is an environmental award given to the most inspiring and innovative solutions to the environmental challenges facing the planet.

Announced winners included the government of Costa Rica, which was awarded for a project that pays local citizens to restore natural ecosystems, as well as the city of Milan, which has been recognized for its food waste hub program. The prize was given to the one who recovers food from the supermarket. and distributes it to restaurants and the needy.

Other conquerors were land-based coral farms to restore dying coral reefs in the Bahamas; a green hydrogen technology developed to transform how homes and buildings operate; and an India-based technology that makes fuel from agricultural waste to prevent crop burning.

William and his charitable organization, The Royal Foundation, introduced the Earthshot Prize last year, inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 “Moonshot” speech, which challenged and inspired Americans to go to the moon.

The award, given to five winners every year till 2030, is considered the most prestigious of its kind. Each winner will receive a grant of £1 million ($1.4 million) to develop and enhance their ideas.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on stage during the first Earthshot Prize awards ceremony at Alexandra Palace on October 17, 2021 in London, England.

William has said he wants the initiative to inject some optimism into the climate debate, and on Sunday he urged young people not to give up hope for the future.

“For too long, we haven’t done enough to protect the planet for your future. Earthshot is for you,” he said. “In the next 10 years, we’re going to act. We’re going to find solutions to repair our planet.”

He said the United States would host next year’s awards ceremony.

The ceremony took place days before the COP26 UN Climate Change Summit in Glasgow, which begins on 31 October. William, his father and grandmother Queen Elizabeth II are expected to attend.

Earlier this week William criticized the space race and space tourism, saying in an interview that the world’s greatest minds should focus on repairing the Earth rather than “going and trying to find the next place to live”.