Prince William calls for environmental action in Earthshot Prize documentary series

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The Duke of Cambridge speaks with service users during a visit to the Garden House part of the Peterborough Light Project, a charity which offers advice and support to rough sleepers (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA) (PA Archive)
The Duke of Cambridge speaks with service users during a visit to the Garden House part of the Peterborough Light Project, a charity which offers advice and support to rough sleepers (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA) (PA Archive)

The Duke of Cambridge has called for nations to “protect and restore nature” in a trailer for a BBC series highlighting the aims of his Earthshot Prize.

William launched his environmental prize to face the planet’s problems head on and overcome fears saying in the footage: “This is a moment for hope, not fear”.

He hosts the five-part television show about the environment featuring pioneers who have been recognised for finding innovative solutions to climate issues.

In the trailer for The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet, William takes viewers through the five categories of his environmental awards: Protect and restore nature; Clean our air, Revive our oceans; Build a waste-free world; and Fix our climate.

He said: “Over the next 10 years we must work hard to protect and restore nature, so that the wild stops shrinking and starts to grow.

“Fix our climate, to stop the rise in global temperature, clean our air, so that we can all breathe healthfully, revive our oceans to become as rich and productive as they once were.

“And we must build a waste free world, by ensuring the waste of one process becomes the raw materials of the next.”

The winners in the five categories will each receive one million to develop their projects after being picked by a judging panel consisting of the Duke, Sir David Attenborough actress Cate Blanchett singer Shakira and others.

The awards will be presented on October 17.

 (PA Wire)
(PA Wire)

Taking inspiration from John F Kennedy’s Moonshot project which advanced mankind’s achievements, the Duke named 15 finalists from across the globe earlier this month.

They included a 14-year-old girl from India who has designed a solar-powered ironing cart, the nation of Costa Rica which has pioneered a project paying local citizens to restore natural ecosystems, and a Chinese app that allows its citizens to hold polluters to account.

The BBC series will air from Sunday and each episode will focus on a different environmental issue the Earthshots address.

Episodes will be screened in the build-up to the United Nations Cop26 climate summit hosted in Glasgow from November 1.

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