27 January 2022

The Earthshot Prize: Submit your eco-innovations

As an Official Nominator of The Earthshot Prize, we're seeking innovations that could help save and restore the Earth.

By Kew Science News

Drone shot of Loder valley at Wakehurst. The woodland is green with a river running through. Th sky is slightly grey and moody

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is proud to have been chosen as an Official Nominator of The Earthshot Prize for 2022.

So, if you have a ground-breaking nature-based solution that could repair and restore our planet, we want to hear from you.

What is The Earthshot Prize?

The Earthshot Prize, launched in 2020 by Prince William and the Royal Foundation, is the most ambitious and prestigious environmental award that aims to solve Earth’s greatest problems such as climate change.

Running until 2030, five winners will be chosen annually and will each receive a £1 million grant to make substantial progress towards the five Earthshots – simple but ambitious targets that align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and can improve life for generations to come:

  1. Protect and restore nature
  2. Clean our air
  3. Revive our oceans
  4. Build a waste-free world
  5. Fix our climate

Kew is one of over 300 invited nominators from 80 countries, selected for being at the forefront of shaping a just and sustainable future and for our ability to identify the most impactful solutions from our expert networks and communities.

How to enter The Earthshot Prize

The prize seeks solutions from any country or sector: for-profit, non-profit, hybrid, government, movement and collaboration. 

Last year, the first winners and finalists included Costa Rica, 14-year-old Vinisha Umashankar, the City of Milan’s Food Waste Hubs, non-profits and tech-driven start-ups.

Solutions must be evidence-based, beyond the idea stage and ready to be scaled or rapidly replicated.

Nominations can be submitted through the RBG Kew Earthshot Prize form.

The deadline to submit is 11.59pm (GMT) 18 February 2022.

Official Earthshot Prize Nominator badge. Text says "The Earthshot Prize; Official Nominator 2022; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew".

Prize process

A panel at Kew will review the submissions and submit the nominations that fit the prize criteria.

Following submission of the nominations, solutions will undergo a rigorous screening and assessment process. 

Prince William and The Earthshot Prize Council, a diverse and global team of influential individuals, will then select the five winners from the shortlist.

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