William tells young people to ‘demand change’ at first Earthshot Prize awards

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The Duke of Cambridge vowed to “find solutions to repair our planet” as the first winners of the Earthshot Prize were announced at an awards ceremony in the presence of Dame Emma Thompson and Liverpool FC striker Mo Salah.

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Prince William joined Kate Middleton on stage as he urged young people to “not give up hope” and “keep seeking change” to tackle the climate crisis.

Five innovative green projects from around the world won £1m in the event, which was broadcast by the BBC. Among the winners were projects to restore coral reefs, redistribute unwanted food to make up for loss and a project battling issues that contribute to air pollution in India.

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Harry Potter star Emma Watson wearing a wedding dress made from 10 Oxfam dresses, and Dame Emma Thompson were among those who trod the green carpet of the ceremony at Alexandra Palace.

Kate arrived in 2011 wearing an Alexander McQueen dress made for her, while her husband wore a dark green velvet blazer and a polo neckline, which co-host Dermot O’Leary later joked “looked too Bond”. ” as described.

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Guests were asked by the organizers to “consider the environment when choosing their outfit” for awards inspired by the Apollo moon landings, named Moonshot, which helped advance the technological achievements of mankind.

The event was started by Coldplay, who pre-recorded their performance, which was moderated by 60 cyclists, and Ed Sheeran later took to the stage to entertain the audience.

Kate presented the winning prize in the Nature Protection and Restoration category to the Government of Costa Rica, which has pioneered a project paying local citizens to restore natural ecosystems.

David Attenborough on stage at the awards ceremony

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David Attenborough on stage at the awards ceremony

She said: “Nature is important to all of us. A thriving natural world governs our planet, nourishes our physical and mental health and helps feed our families.

“But for too long, we have neglected our wild places and now we are facing several critical points.

“If we don’t act now, we will permanently destabilize our planet and we will rob our children of the future they deserve.”

Salah presented the first Earthshot award in the category ‘Revive our oceans’ to the Coral Vita project, which grows coral on land to reintroduce the oceans, giving new life to a dying ecosystem.

Watson awarded the Fix Our Climate Prize to AEM Electrolyzer technology, which converts renewable electricity into emission-free hydrogen gas.

Ed Sheeran performs on stage at the Earthshot Awards Awards

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Ed Sheeran performs on stage at the Earthshot Awards Awards

The Harry Potter star said: “I’ve spent most of my working life, acting in fictional worlds where the impossible can be made possible.

“Now, we need to do the same with climate change in the real world.

“There have been times in history where it’s been said that something can’t be done, and then, people believed in a better world and created it. (This) time is no different, I know we can Huh.”

Dame Emma Thompson presented the prize for her food waste project to make the city of Milan a waste-free world.

After having trouble with his microphone when he came on stage, he joked: “I broke my mic by knocking it down”.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the ceremony in “recycled” clothing

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the ceremony in “recycled” clothing

William later spoke to the winners via video call with Kate. He said: “I am very proud of you. Everyone here is amazed by the solution.

“The real positivity and the fact that it’s solution based is what makes people smile and feel hopeful.”

At the end of the show, William took to the stage to tell the audience: “I want to say something to the young people watching tonight.

“For too long, we haven’t done enough to protect the planet for your future, Earthshot is there for you. In the next 10 years, we’re going to act.

“We are going to find solutions to repair our planet. Please keep learning, keep demanding change, and don’t give up hope. We will face these challenges.”

Next year’s event will be in the US.

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