Whether you agree with the we-are-all-doomed politically motivated climate alarmists with their doctored stats and bogus science at one extreme of the environmental “debate”or the financially motivated pumping-pollutants-into-the-environment-has-no-effect-whatever vested interests with their doctored stats and bogus science at the other extreme – or whether you think that the truth lies at some as yet vague point between the two, I think we can all agree it is a good idea to take care of our planet and that we should (a) try not to damage it and (b) try to repair any damage we have already done.
After all, that’s just common sense isn’t it?
I think we can all agree too that it is probably best not to wait until we are all trying to breathe carbon monoxide or plastic granules or some such thing before we take action.
It seems to me as well that instead of a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth it and running around screaming – or leaving posts on Facebook -pleas of the somebody-should-doooo-something variety, it would be a very good idea to encourage and reward what human beings are good at: solving problems, inventing stuff, coming up with creative new ideas. After all, ideas – as a very wise man once said – and not battles mark the forward progress of mankind.
We’d all be pretty buggered or still living in caves without them. Matter of fact there are LOTS of good ideas and potential solutions out there already but for some strange reason best known to the media, globalists and other merchants of doom these get a lot less attention than the fear mongering.
So replacing the fear mongering with some solution mongering would be quite helpful.
Which is why I really like HRH Prince William’s approach. I’d been thinking along similar lines myself (honest) but never quite got around to mentioning it and so he beat me to it. Probably just as well, a hell of a lot more people are gonna listen to him than me and he has the clout, money, status, charisma and wotnot to make the idea a reality.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Chiatibo glacier in the Hindu Kush mountain range on Oct. 16, 2019 in the Chitral District of Khyber-Pakhunkwa Province, Pakistan. They spoke with a an expert about how climate change is impacting glacial landscapes. Pool / Samir Hussein / WireImage
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and second in line to the throne, announced today a multimillion-dollar prize to encourage the world’s greatest problem solvers to tackle the climate crisis, as Reuters reported.
The newly announced Earthshot Prize, which bills itself as “a decade of action to repair the Earth,” has been planned for the last year, according to a statement from Kensington Palace. The prize will be given to five winners a year for the next 10 years starting in 2021 with the goal of funding 50 creative and achievable solutions to the world’s greatest threat by 2030, as CNN reported.
The name Earthshot is a play on the term moonshot, which is shorthand for labelling ambitious and groundbreaking goals.
“A set of unique challenges, rooted in science, will aim to generate new ways of thinking, as well as new technologies, systems, policies and solutions,” says the Earthshot Prize website. “Just as the moonshot that John F. Kennedy proposed in the 1960s catalyzed new technology such as the MRI scanner and satellite dishes, we want our Earthshot challenges to create a new wave of ambition and innovation around finding ways to help save the planet.”
Now, 37-year-old Prince William is dedicating millions to the largest crisis the world faces.
“We face a stark choice: Either we continue as we are and irreparably damage our planet or we remember our unique power as human beings and our continual ability to lead, innovate and problem-solve,” Prince William said in a statement, as CNN reported. “The next ten years presents us with one of our greatest tests — a decade of change to repair the Earth.”
The prize aims to usher in a spirit of optimism and possibility to replace the current pessimism associated with the climate crisis, according to The Telegraph. It aims to generate new technologies, policies and solutions for issues of climate and energy, nature and biodiversity, oceans, air pollution and fresh water, according to Reuters.
The prize will lay out a set of five unique challenges rooted in science. The challenges will be announced in coming months with an annual award ceremony in different cities around the world from 2021 to 2030, as The Telegraph reported.
There are no details yet about just how much the prizes will be or who is funding it, just a statement saying that the project is supported by a global coalition of philanthropists and organizations, as Reuters reported.
To help with the reveal of the Earthshot Prize, Prince William enlisted the help of acclaimed conservationist Sir David Attenborough to voice a short movie accompanying the announcement.
As The Telegraph reported, in the short film, Attenborough says, “The spirit of the moonshot can guide us today as we confront the serious challenges we face on Earth. This year Prince William and a global alliance launch the most prestigious Environment Prize in history. The Earthshot Prize. A global prize designed to motivate and inspire a new generation of thinkers, leaders and dreamers to think differently. Visionaries rewarded over the next decade for responding to the great challenges of our time.”
In addition to a significant financial reward, winners will receive public recognition for their work that will hopefully inspire leaders in business and government to collaborate and scale the projects up, according to The Telegraph.
“In just ten years we can go from fear to hope, from disaster to discovery and from inertia to inspiration. The Earthshot Prize challenges us all to make this the decade that we build a future to be proud of,” said Colin Butfield, executive director of the World Wide Fund for Nature, as The Telegraph reported.
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