Prince William and the first-ever Winners and Finalists of The Earthshot Prize today featured at a key meeting of World Leaders at the COP26 Climate Change Conference, highlighting the need for global innovation and collective action to repair our planet in this decisive decade.
The Finalists and Winners have come together for the first time in-person at COP26 in Glasgow where they joined Prince William to take part in the World Leaders Summit, hosted by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson where Heads of State and Government leaders assembled to deliver national plans to tackle climate change.
Attending the Leaders’ event ‘Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment’, Prince William delivered a speech in which he showcased the Prize Winners and Finalists and solutions to the world’s greatest environmental challenges. He was joined on stage by India-based 15-year-old Earthshot Prize Finalist, Vinisha Umashankar, who called on world leaders, international organisations, civil society, and business leaders to back the innovations, solutions and projects working to repair the planet and join the next generation in taking action.
During the Summit, the Winner and Finalists of the Fix our Climate Earthshot displayed their ground-breaking environmental solutions in front of Heads of State and Government delegations. This included the AEM Electrolyser from Enapter, who won The Earthshot Prize for their ingenious green hydrogen technology that has the power to transform how we power our homes and buildings and fuel our transport. Also on display were solutions from Bangladesh-based Finalist SOLbazaar who showcased the technology behind the world’s first peer-to-peer energy exchange network and Reeddi Capsules for their solar-powered energy capsule which is transforming clean energy across Nigeria. Following the event, Winners and Finalists met leaders and government representatives from their respective countries.
Earlier in the day at COP26, Global Advisor to the Winners, Michael R. Bloomberg, hosted an Earthshot Prize Global Alliance Assembly reception which was the first time Winners and Finalists met with some of the Global Alliance and Prize Council Members including Christiana Figueres, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, and Luisa Neubauer in person. The Global Alliance is an unprecedented network of philanthropists, NGOs and some of the world’s biggest companies and brands representing 3.6 million employees globally that together will help support and scale the innovative and ground-breaking solutions developed by the fifteen Earthshot Prize Finalists.