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England. Prince William is optimistic about the planet’s future.

ARCHIVE – Prince William launches “Earthshot” award for innovative climate pioneers Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire/dpa

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The British heir to the throne, Prince William, is optimistic about the future despite the dire climate crisis.

The nominees for the “Earthshot” award he created are proof that “there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future of our planet,” said the 40-year-old, who announced the finalists for this year’s award this week. Friday for a statement. “They use their time, energy and talent to find bold solutions to our planet’s biggest challenges, but also to create healthy, prosperous and sustainable living spaces for future generations.”

William – now officially the Prince of Wales – introduced the Earthshot prize last year. Five standout projects in the categories of Nature Conservation, Marine Conservation, Air Quality, Waste Avoidance and Climate Protection are to be presented every year. This year, the awards ceremony will be held in December in Boston.

A finalist for the award is the Netherlands’ “Great Bubble Barrier,” designed to catch plastic before it reaches the oceans. The city of Amsterdam was nominated for its circular economy approach. Kenya-based Mukuru Clean Stoves, one of the finalists, has developed an alternative stove to replace conventional charcoal cooking in poor areas.

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