Acción Andina helps protect nature in the Andes Mountains.
Acción Andina helps protect nature in the Andes Mountains.

The Earthshot: Prizes for the Planet

Groups win awards for their solutions to help our Earth.

In 1961, U.S. President John F. Kennedy made a speech. He said he wanted to put a man on the Moon “by the end of the decade.” People call this Kennedy’s “Moonshot” address. Eight years later, on July 20, 1969, two American astronauts walked on the Moon. Now, other leaders have a big goal that’s closer to home. They created the Earthshot Prize — for our planet.

On November 7, five groups won the Earthshot Prize for 2023. Each one has worked to develop a solution for an environmental problem on our planet. The winners were announced at a ceremony in Singapore. Prince William from the United Kingdom (who helped create the Earthshot Prize) was there. Groups won the award for one of five categories. Those are for nature, clean air, ocean, waste, and .

Nature: Acción Andina
The Andes Mountains rise high along the west coast of South America. The area is home to many , such as the Andean condor and the Andean bear. Acción Andina is helping to protect the of the large mountain range. Since 2018, the group has planted nearly 10 million native trees across five countries to support the forests — and the creatures that live there. Acción Andina works with communities to protect a huge area of the high Andes far into the future.

Air: GRST
Every year, more people are buying (and driving) electric cars. However, the batteries in those cars can create a lot of problems. The process of making batteries causes air pollution, and old batteries can produce tons of waste. GRST — from Hong Kong, China — is working to build a cleaner battery. The company (whose name stands for Green, Renewable, Sustainable Technology) came up with a way to make batteries last longer. And GRST made it easier for people to recycle the materials in the battery — including lithium, cobalt, and nickel. That means cleaner air for all.

Ocean: WildAid Marine Program
A healthy planet needs healthy oceans. That’s why there are laws in many places to protect our seas. However, it isn’t easy to prevent people from fishing illegally in those areas. WildAid Marine Program helps governments around the world enforce their laws. It’s already working in Mexico, Palau, and Zanzibar (in Africa) and plans to grow to many more parts of the planet. Meaghan Brosnan, who leads WildAid, said her group is “sparking a worldwide movement for ocean protection.”

Waste: S4S Technologies
Every year, more than 1 billion tons of food gets wasted. As that waste rots, it creates a gas called carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air. That gas traps heat on the planet, causing climate change. Six friends from India created S4S Technologies in 2013 to try to solve this problem — and support female farmers along the way. Their group aims to help farmers find new ways to use and keep their crops before they waste away. For example, S4S Technologies provides solar-powered dryers that will make the foods last longer.

Climate: Boomitra
The word boomitra means “friend of the earth” in the Sanskrit language. And the company tries to be a friend to our planet by protecting its soil. Boomitra does that by training farmers about the best ways to manage their land. That can help produce more food — and keep more carbon dioxide in the ground (instead of the air). Storing more carbon dioxide in the soil can help limit the effects of climate change. Boomitra already works with more than 150,000 farmers in poor areas of Africa, Asia, and South America. And it wants to help many more around the globe.

Each of these winners of the Earthshot Prize will receive a prize of about $1.2 million. The global groups can use that money to grow — and do more good work across the planet.

Updated November 7, 2023, 5:03 P.M. (ET)
By Russell Kahn (Russ)

The Earthshot: Prizes for the Planet

Groups win awards for their solutions to help our Earth.

Acción Andina helps protect nature in the Andes Mountains.
Acción Andina helps protect nature in the Andes Mountains.

In 1961, U.S. President John F. Kennedy made a speech. He said he wanted to put a man on the Moon “by the end of the decade.” People call this Kennedy’s “Moonshot” address. Eight years later, on July 20, 1969, two American astronauts walked on the Moon. Now, other leaders have a big goal that’s closer to home. They created the Earthshot Prize — for our planet.

On November 7, five groups won the Earthshot Prize for 2023. Each one has worked to develop a solution for an environmental problem on our planet. The winners were announced at a ceremony in Singapore. Prince William from the United Kingdom (who helped create the Earthshot Prize) was there. Groups won the award for one of five categories. Those are for nature, clean air, ocean, waste, and .

Nature: Acción Andina
The Andes Mountains rise high along the west coast of South America. The area is home to many , such as the Andean condor and the Andean bear. Acción Andina is helping to protect the of the large mountain range. Since 2018, the group has planted nearly 10 million native trees across five countries to support the forests — and the creatures that live there. Acción Andina works with communities to protect a huge area of the high Andes far into the future.

Air: GRST
Every year, more people are buying (and driving) electric cars. However, the batteries in those cars can create a lot of problems. The process of making batteries causes air pollution, and old batteries can produce tons of waste. GRST — from Hong Kong, China — is working to build a cleaner battery. The company (whose name stands for Green, Renewable, Sustainable Technology) came up with a way to make batteries last longer. And GRST made it easier for people to recycle the materials in the battery — including lithium, cobalt, and nickel. That means cleaner air for all.

Ocean: WildAid Marine Program
A healthy planet needs healthy oceans. That’s why there are laws in many places to protect our seas. However, it isn’t easy to prevent people from fishing illegally in those areas. WildAid Marine Program helps governments around the world enforce their laws. It’s already working in Mexico, Palau, and Zanzibar (in Africa) and plans to grow to many more parts of the planet. Meaghan Brosnan, who leads WildAid, said her group is “sparking a worldwide movement for ocean protection.”

Waste: S4S Technologies
Every year, more than 1 billion tons of food gets wasted. As that waste rots, it creates a gas called carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air. That gas traps heat on the planet, causing climate change. Six friends from India created S4S Technologies in 2013 to try to solve this problem — and support female farmers along the way. Their group aims to help farmers find new ways to use and keep their crops before they waste away. For example, S4S Technologies provides solar-powered dryers that will make the foods last longer.

Climate: Boomitra
The word boomitra means “friend of the earth” in the Sanskrit language. And the company tries to be a friend to our planet by protecting its soil. Boomitra does that by training farmers about the best ways to manage their land. That can help produce more food — and keep more carbon dioxide in the ground (instead of the air). Storing more carbon dioxide in the soil can help limit the effects of climate change. Boomitra already works with more than 150,000 farmers in poor areas of Africa, Asia, and South America. And it wants to help many more around the globe.

Each of these winners of the Earthshot Prize will receive a prize of about $1.2 million. The global groups can use that money to grow — and do more good work across the planet.

Updated November 7, 2023, 5:03 P.M. (ET)
By Russell Kahn (Russ)

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