This Friday (2 Dec) sees the second annual Earthshot Prize Award Ceremony taking place in Boston to announce the five winning solutions. The ceremony will feature Sir David Attenborough, alongside a line-up of high-profile presenters and star-studded performances – with the Prince of Wales delivering remarks at the end of the ceremony. Each winner will be awarded £1 million in prize funding to help support and scale their innovations, with the potential to repair our planet.
You can watch the ceremony on Sunday, 4 December at 5.30pm GMT on BBC and it will begin streaming on The Earthshot Prize YouTube channel later in the evening. Ahead of the prestigious awards, we’ve been once again helping to shine a light on the incredible finalists through a 5-part video series which Studio Silverback produced in partnership with The Earthshot Prize and Little Dot Studios.
At Silverback we know that revealing the truth of what’s happening to our natural world has never been more important, but to truly achieve a better future enough people must see the path ahead. That’s why we’re proud to support The Earthshot Prize, and their mission to turn the current pessimism surrounding environmental issues into optimism through championing inspiring leadership, as well as helping to support and scale incredible cutting-edge solutions.
Our amazing Studios team worked with remote crews on 5 continents to bring the finalist’s incredible stories to a worldwide stage. We want to share a few reflections from them on what it means to be involved in the project…
— Laurence Whitaker, Assistant Producer:
It’s easy to be dragged down by despair over the problems our world faces. There’s a seemingly endless barrage of bad news as we lurch deeper into the climate crisis, and the birth of my son earlier this year only heightened my anxiety over the state of our planet. What sort of world would he have to grow up in? Will he ever be able to build a snowman on a day the schools are closed? Will he ever know the feeling of stepping on frozen leaves on a cold autumn morning? Will he have food and water, or even a place to live as our oceans rise and temperatures soar?
Working with the Earthshot Prize 2022 finalists has given me hope. Here we have fifteen incredible solutions that all help to combat the climate crisis, and give a real chance to the people and places that need it the most. Some of them are incredibly simple ideas, others are complex and brilliant designs. But all of them are working towards the same thing; a world where my son, and every single other child on our planet can have the chance of a happy, healthy life.
I’m still anxious over the state of the climate. But I think we all need to be, because from that anxiety come these solutions. And there’s never been a time when we needed them more.
— Marie-Claire Thomas, Assistant Producer:
When people stop believing change is possible, the point in trying to bring about change disappears – and irreversible damage becomes inevitable rather than a choice.
The Earthshot Prize and all of the amazing projects being nominated represent a beacon of hope: their stories offer hard cold evidence that all is not lost, and that there are ways out of our predicament if we all think creatively and play our part. The nominees’ efforts demonstrate that there are a million different ways to contribute, and that there are a million different people looking to make a difference!
Studio Silverback is about making our own small contribution to that greater movement towards a sustainable future. Shining a light on the Earthshot Prize nominees’ work is a privilege for us – it’s amazing to know we are helping to keep people actively and constructively engaged with climate issues, and that we can help inspire and encourage the building of a better future for all.
Watch our full YouTube series and discover more about the finalists 👇
More about The Earthshot Prize
Launched in 2020 by HRH Prince William, The Earthshot Prize is the most prestigious global environment prize in history, designed to incentivise change and help repair our planet over the next decade. Inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s Moonshot which united millions of people around the goal of reaching the moon, The Earthshot Prize aims to urgently encourage and scale innovative solutions that can help put the world firmly on a trajectory towards a stable climate, where communities, oceans, and biodiversity thrive in harmony by 2030.
News story published: 30 Nov 2022, 10:00 GMT