I’ve just been listening to Prince William talking about the Earthshot Prize – it sounds certain to be ‘the most ambitious and prestigious of its kind – designed to incentivise change and help to repair our planet over the next ten years.’ – https://earthshotprize.org
The Earthshot Prize is ‘taking inspiration from President John F. Kennedy’s Moonshot which united millions of people around an organising goal to put man on the moon and catalysed the development of new technology in the 1960s. The Earthshot Prize is centred around five ‘Earthshots’ – simple but ambitious goals for our planet which, if achieved by 2030, will improve life for us all, for generations to come.’
“The Earth is at a tipping point and we face a stark choice: either we continue as we are and irreparably damage our planet, or we remember our unique power as human beings and our continual ability to lead, innovate and problem-solve. People can achieve great things. The next ten years present us with one of our greatest tests – a decade of action to repair the Earth.”
This reminded me of a blog I wrote about a comment Maxwell Knight made about the space race:
Knight’s hope was that the progress “at any cost” approach would change, and that industrialised nations would stop playing the short-term nature-unfriendly game of habitat destruction so often carried out in the name of progress. This extract (above) from a chapter of The Frightened Face of Nature entitled ‘The Age of Science,’ sums up his thoughts.
It’s good to see a project aiming to capture the excitement of shooting for the stars, but which focuses on the health of our planet as that’s how it should be.