The UK's Prince William announced 15 finalists for the first edition of the Earthshot Prize. Among the fifteen people, two are from India. They might have the chance of winning one million pounds to support their innovative environmental solutions.
Vinisha Umashankar, the 14-year-old innovator and activist from India. She is the first person who has designed a solar-powered ironing cart which has the potential to improve the quality of the air across India.
Another contender is Takachar. They created a method through which profitable products from agricultural waste can be created and by their method, we can put a stop to the burning of Crops. They were among the top three finalists in the 'Clean our Air' category.
This initiative was launched by Prince William and The Royal Foundation in October 2020.
The Earthshot Prize is known as the most prestigious global environment prize in history. The main aim of the Prize is to launch and nurture innovation and leadership to tackle the upcoming challenges posed by climate change and the significant threats to our oceans, air, and land.
The selected top five of these fifteen people will be awarded the 'Earthshot Prize' and they will be awarded one million pounds in funding for the best solutions of the five Earthshot goals. The goals are 'Build a Waste-free World', 'Protect and Restore Nature', 'Clean our Air', 'Revive our Oceans' and 'Fix our Climate'.
Prince William said, "Over half a century ago, President Kennedy's 'Moonshot' programme united millions of people around the goal of reaching the moon. Inspired by this, The Earthshot Prize aims to mobilise collective action around our unique ability to innovate, problem solve and repair our planet. They will inspire all of us with their optimism in our ability to rise to the greatest challenges in human history."
The winners of the prize will be announced during an awards ceremony on 17 October from London's Alexandra Palace.