Earthshot Prize for Two Indians

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20 September 2021 Current Affairs:Two Indians (Vinisha and Vidyut) amongst 15 finalists have been chosen for the first ever Earthshot Prize 2021, which will be held in London.

♦ A 14-year-old Tamil Nadu schoolgirl’s solar-powered ironing cart and a Delhi entrepreneur’s agricultural waste recycling thinking named amongst finalists.
♦ The prize was launched by Britain’s Prince William in October 2020 in order to search for inspiring and revolutionary solutions to issues facing the planet.
♦ The prize is stimulated with the aid of US President John F Kennedy’s “Moonshot” programme, which resulted in the US Apollo lunar launches and the first man putting foot on the Moon in 1969.
♦ Theme: It is centred around five “Earthshots”, easy however bold goals for the planet, which if accomplished by 2030 will improve lifestyles for all, for generations to come.
♦ Five Earthshots: Protect and restore nature, Clean our air, Revive our oceans, Build a waste-free world, Fix our climate.
♦ Awards Ceremony: It will take place in distinctive cities throughout the world each year between 2021 & 2030, at which the five winners for every of the Earthshots will be selected from 15 finalists.
♦ Benefits to Winners: After the awards, each winner will acquire a world platform and prestigious profile, with their tales being showcased over the decade with the ambition that their solutions lead to mass adoption, replication and scaling. The 1 million pound in prize money will guide environmental and conservation projects that are agreed with a winner.
♦ Eligibility: Prizes can be awarded to a vast variety of individuals, teams or collaborations such as scientists, activists, economists, neighborhood projects etc, which make a significant contribution to reaching the Earthshots.
♦ Prize Management: In addition to the Prize Council, the Earthshot Prize is supported by its Global Alliance, a community of enterprises worldwide which share the ambition of the Prize to restore the planet.

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