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14-year-old girl among finalists of Earthshot Prize for environmentalism


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We read about the Earthshot Prize announcement last year.

What is the Earthshot Prize?

This is a new prize on environmentalism launched by the United Kingdom’s Prince William. Starting from this year, it will be awarded yearly to five people, organisations or groups for solutions to the five “earthshot” objectives.

The objectives of the prize are: protecting and restoring nature, cleaning the air, reviving oceans, building a waste-free world, and fixing the climate. With this prize, hopefully, the world can have at least 50 solutions to the above five problems by 2030.

Finalists for 2021

The awards committee has announced the 15 finalists of the first-ever Earthshot Prize. Out of the 15, they will announce five winners in October and they will each receive £1m (about ₹10 crores).

Two of the finalists are Indians. One of them is a 14-year-old schoolgirl from Tamil Nadu named Vinisha Umashankar. They selected Vinisha for coming up with a solar-powered ironing cart project to stop air pollution. And the other is Takachar, co-founded by Vidyut Mohan. This organisation aims to create useful products from agricultural waste and stop the burning of crops.

Other Earthshot Prize finalists

Pole Pole Foundation, Democratic Republic of Congo. This foundation works to protect gorillas and local livelihoods.

The Blue Map App. This is a public environmental database in China that will help citizens know about polluters and hold them accountable.

Moreover, one of the finalists is also the country of Costa Rica. It came up with a scheme to pay local citizens who work to restore natural ecosystems. This scheme has led to a revival of the rainforest.

Read about all the Earthshot Prize 2021 finalists here.


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