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Prince William Opens Earthshot Prize Awards — from Space: ‘We Can Change the Future’

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Prince William Earthshot. Image credit: Alex Bramall / The Earthshot Prize.

Prince William Earthshot. Image credit: Alex Bramall / The Earthshot Prize.

Alex Bramall / The Earthshot Prize Prince William

Prince William has traveled far and wide with his Earthshot Prize Awards!

The Prince of Wales, 40, kicked off Friday’s ceremony in Boston with a short film that was presented to the audience, which included his wife Kate Middleton, at the MGM Music Hall at Fenway.

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“Of the many wonders of the natural world that surround each of us every day, it is only from space that we can fully comprehend the gift that is our home,” he says in the film, which takes him from the moon to the earth. “Earth holds such splendor and gives us many things – beauty, curiosity, joy, and most importantly, Earth gives us life.”

“For too long, many of us have taken for granted everything our planet gives us. The urgency needed to save the planet is ever-accelerating, while the time we have to make meaningful changes is ebbing away,” “But just as President John F. Kennedy had faith that humankind could put a man on the moon, I have the same faith today that we can repair and regenerate our planet in this critical decade. From Moonshot to Earthshot, the seemingly unsolvable can be solved.”

“Together we can achieve a sustainable future for generations to come. Together, we will change the future of our planet,” he said.

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Prince William Earthshot. Image credit: Alex Bramall / The Earthshot Prize.

Prince William Earthshot. Image credit: Alex Bramall / The Earthshot Prize.

Alex Bramall / The Earthshot Prize Prince William

William, 40, chose Boston as the host city for the second annual Earthshot Prize Awards ceremony in tribute to President Kennedy. Inspired by President Kennedy’s famed 10-year goal of landing on the moon (known as Moonshot), the Earthshot Prize aims to promote impactful approaches to the world’s most pressing environmental challenges over the next decade.

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William and Kate were joined by celebrity performers and presenters, including David Beckham, Shailene Woodley Rami Malek and Ellie Goulding on Friday as the winners of the 2022 Earthshot Prize were announced.

The ceremony airs on Sunday on the BBC and will begin streaming from the Earthshot Prize YouTube channel on Monday. In the U.S., it will begin streaming at 2:00 p.m. ET on Monday on PBS.org and the PBS App and at 8:00 p.m. ET on the PBS YouTube channel. Since we are covering the show in real time I don’t foresee major coverage on

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Prince William Earthshot. Image credit: Alex Bramall / The Earthshot Prize.

Prince William Earthshot. Image credit: Alex Bramall / The Earthshot Prize.

Alex Bramall / The Earthshot Prize Prince William

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The ceremony followed a nine-month search to find the most innovative solutions to the greatest environmental challenges facing the planet. The selection process received 1,000 applications that were narrowed down to a final 15 before the five winners across five categories were announced on Friday in Boston.

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 02: Catherine, Princess of Wales and Prince William, Prince of Wales attend The Earthshot Prize 2022 at MGM Music Hall at Fenway on December 02, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – DECEMBER 02: Catherine, Princess of Wales and Prince William, Prince of Wales attend The Earthshot Prize 2022 at MGM Music Hall at Fenway on December 02, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Mike Coppola/Getty Kate Middleton and Prince William

The Clean Our Air prize went to Mukuru Clean Stoves from Kenya. The women-founded start-up use processed biomass made from charcoal, wood and sugarcane, rather than dangerous solid fuels to power stoves. This burns cleaner, creating 90 percent less pollution than an open fire and 70 percent less than a traditional cookstove.

The Protect and Restore Nature category went to Kheyti in India. The start-up has come up with a solution for local smallholder farmers in a country on the frontlines of climate change. Their “Greenhouse-in-a-Box” offers shelter from unpredictable elements and destructive pests. Plants in the greenhouses require 98 percent less water than those outdoors and yields are seven times higher and the solution is more than doubling farmers’ incomes.

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Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine, Princess of Wales, arrive for the 2022 Earthshot Prize ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, December 2, 2022. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Britain’s Prince William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine, Princess of Wales, arrive for the 2022 Earthshot Prize ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, December 2, 2022. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

ANGELA WEISS/AFP Kate Middleton and Prince William

The Revive Our Oceans prize went to Australia’s Indigenous Women of the Great Barrier Reef. The women-led program combines 60,000 years of indigenous knowledge with digital technologies to protect the land and the sea. They’ve trained around 60 women, encouraging conservation approaches by sharing knowledge and telling stories.

The Build a Waste Free World category was won by Notpla from London in the U.K. They believe the future of packaging is not plastic, but seaweed. Notpla is a natural and bio-degradable plastic alternative made from seaweed and plants and can be used to create a range of packaging products, such as a bubble to hold liquids and a coating for food.

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And the Fix Our Climate award went to 44.01 in Oman. Childhood friends have developed an innovative technique to turn CO2 into rock and permanently store it underground. They remove the CO2 from the atmosphere safely, efficiently, and permanently by mineralizing it in peridotite, a rock found in abundance around the world.

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 02: Prince William, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales and Ellie Goulding speak backstage after The Earthshot Prize 2022 at MGM Music Hall at Fenway on December 02, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Prince and Princess of Wales are visiting the coastal city of Boston to attend the second annual Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony, an event which celebrates those whose work is helping to repair the planet. During their trip, which will last for three days, the royal couple will learn about the environmental challenges Boston faces as well as meeting those who are combating the effects of climate change in the area. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – DECEMBER 02: Prince William, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales and Ellie Goulding speak backstage after The Earthshot Prize 2022 at MGM Music Hall at Fenway on December 02, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Prince and Princess of Wales are visiting the coastal city of Boston to attend the second annual Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony, an event which celebrates those whose work is helping to repair the planet. During their trip, which will last for three days, the royal couple will learn about the environmental challenges Boston faces as well as meeting those who are combating the effects of climate change in the area. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Samir Hussein/WireImage Prince William, Kate Middleton and Rami Malek

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One of last year’s winners was Coral Vita — based in the Bahamas. Co-founder Sam Teicher told PEOPLE on Friday how the prize has helped them scale up to hire six new people, search for a chief operating officer and create a new system to help spawn coral babies all year round.

“We also got to take Prince William and Princess Kate to plant corals [during their tour of the Bahamas in March] and we have got a holiday adopt-a-coral campaign going.”

They are also inviting new governments to set up coral farms.

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“Earthshot has really helped launch us into a whole new level,” he said.

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