The Duke called on society to “united in repairing our planet” at the inaugural Earthshot Prize, as innovative green projects from around the world were awarded £1m each.
Emma Watson presents an award during the Atshot awards ceremony. Alberto Pezzali / PA
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Kate arrived at Alexandra Palace in 2011 wearing an Alexander McQueen dress made for her, while her husband wore a dark green velvet blazer and polo neck.
No stars flew to London and guests were asked by the organizers to “consider the environment when choosing their outfit”.
Announcing Costa Rica as the winner of the first ever Nature Conservation and Restoration Prize, Kate said: “Nature is important to all of us.
“But for too long, we have neglected our wild places. And now we are faced with several important points.
“If we don’t act now, we will permanently destabilize our planet. And we will rob our children of the future they deserve.”
William added to Costa Rica’s winners: “Fantastic. Your celebrations were wild enough. You were quite shaken when you won and you were shocked.”
He called on young members of society to “not give up hope” during the event and announced that the US would be the host country for the next awards ceremony.
The move to the Earthshot Prize next year means William and Kate could travel to the US to host the event, where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made their home.
At the end of the programme, televised by the BBC, William, who was joined by Kate, 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 are 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.”
Liverpool striker Mo Salah presented the first Revive Our Ocean category for the Coral Vita project, which grows coral on land to reintroduce it into the oceans, giving new life to a dying ecosystem.
Emma Watson awarded the Fix Our Climate award to AEM electrolyzer technology, which converts renewable electricity into emission-free hydrogen gas.
William and Kate clapped and enjoyed Ed Sheeran-like music during the show.
New Delhi-based Takachar won the Clean Our Air award for its pioneering technology to help burn agricultural waste, which causes severe air pollution.
The City of Milan Food Waste Hubs selected Build a Waste-Free World for its program to receive food from local supermarkets and restaurants to distribute to citizens in need.
Speaking on her way into the event, Dame Emma criticized the throwaway culture and said that her parents would be intimidated by how society throws its garbage on the streets.
She said: “If we had shown our parents how people live (today) how they roam the streets and coffee cups, immediately throw it, eat it, throw it away, throw everything ‘What’s going on?’ they would have gone.
award co-presenter Clara Amfo Talked about Duke’s acting skills.
She said: “She’s been really good company and I’m sure you saw our ad and she was quite an actor.
“We took a few takes and he took very little.”
William launched his award to find solutions to the planet’s environmental problems and to address the pessimism felt by many over its future.
Judges include broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, actress Cate Blanchett and singer Shakira.
During the ceremony, in a short film recorded at the London Eye, William would say: “We live in the most consequential time in human history.
“The actions we choose or choose not to do over the next 10 years will determine the fate of the planet for the next thousand.
“A decade may not seem like a long time, but mankind has an excellent record of being able to solve the unsolved.
“Many answers already exist… but we need everyone – from all parts of society – to raise our ambitions and unite in repairing our planet.
“The future is for us to decide. And if we are determined to do it, nothing is impossible.”
Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and KSI will perform during the ceremony, which will be shown on BBC One, and actors Watson, Dame Emma and David Oyelowo and Liverpool FC striker Mo Salah will present the award.
The ceremony comes a few weeks ahead of the Cop26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, which will be attended by the Queen, Cambridge and Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Speaking ahead of the Earthshot ceremony, Charles said: “I am extremely proud of my son William for his growing commitment to the environment and the bold ambition of the Earthshot Prize.”
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