Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Emma Watson and Brazilian footballer Dani Alves and his wife Joana Sanz on the green carpet to attend the inaugural Earthshot Prize awards ceremony in London on Sunday. AFP
Actors Emma Thompson, Emma Watson and David Oyelowo were joining Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in handing out the awards at Alexandra Palace in north London.
Guests were asked to "consider the environment when choosing their outfit," so Watson arrived wearing a gown made of 10 dresses from the charity Oxfam.
Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress made for her in 2011, while her husband wore a dark green velvet blazer and a polo neck.
William and his charity, The Royal Foundation, launched the Earthshot Prize last year, inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 "Moonshot” speech that challenged and inspired Americans to go to the moon.
The prize, to be awarded to five winners every year until 2030, is billed as the most prestigious of its kind. Each winner will receive a grant worth £1 million ($1.4 million) to develop and scale up their ideas.
"There’s been lots of amazing ideas over the past decades but it’s the implementation that really counts, so that’s what this is all about. So it's really a reason to be cheerful,” Thompson said.
In a pre-recorded short video, William said: "We are alive in the most consequential time in human history.”
"The actions we choose or choose not to take in the next 10 years will determine the fate of the planet for the next 1,000," he said.
"Many of the answers are already out there," he added. "But we need everyone, from all parts of society. to raise their ambition and unite in repairing our planet.”
The finalists include a 14-year-old student who proposes using solar energy to replace charcoal to power millions of roadside ironing carts in India; a land-based coral farm in the Bahamas to restore dying coral reefs; a community project in Congo devoted to protecting gorillas; and a Kenyan enterprise that turns organic waste into fertiliser and insect protein for farmers.
Greta Thunberg has said that the world needs to learn the lessons of coronavirus and treat climate change with similar urgency.
While most of her peers are preparing for university or enjoying summer vacation, 17-year-old Howey Ou is braving intimidation and criticism in China to save the world from climate catastrophe.
Now to collect data that can help presage drastic weather changes and keep people abreast of research in climate change, Air New Zealand is converting one of its domestic aircraft into a flying environmental monitor as part of a world-first project with Nasa.
Their music was blended together with sounds from the natural world of creatures which are unique to the region including the calls of Arabian Collared Kingfisher and Peacock.
Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens, is rolling out a special edition of Project Art — an interactive initiative designed to empower Dubai’s burgeoning art community — to commemorate the UAE’s 50th National Day.
The four-time Grammy winner and his management asked the Recording Academy to withdraw his two nominations from the final-round ballot, two people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.