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The Earthshot Prize 2021

The Earthshot Prize 2021:

Vidyut Mohan, a Delhi-based entrepreneur, won the inaugural edition of The Earthshot Prize.

  • He won it for his innovative technology that recycles agricultural waste to create fuel.
  • It is an award set up by Prince William and the Royal Foundation, the charity founded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and historian David Attenborough.
  • Earlier, Sir David Attenborough has also been conferred with the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize for 2019.
  • Established in 2020, 2021 was the first year when awards were handed out to finalists for their contributions
  • The award will honour five finalists between 2021 and 2030 for developing solutions to fight the climate crisis.
  • They will receive a prize of one million Euros. The winners will be chosen by the Earthshot Prize Council.]
  • Each year five winners will be selected, one for each of the Five United Nations Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) :
    • Restoration and protection of nature
    • Air cleanliness
    • Ocean revival
    • Waste-free living
    • Climate action.
  • Prizes could be awarded to a wide range of individuals, teams or collaborations – scientists, activists, economists, community projects, leaders, governments, banks, businesses, cities, and countries – anyone whose workable solutions make a substantial contribution to achieving the Earthshots.
  • Objectives:
    • To encourage and support the development of solutions for Earth’s environmental problems.
    • To incentivise change and help repair the planet over the next ten years.
    • To turn the current pessimism surrounding environmental issues into optimism, by highlighting the ability of human ingenuity to bring about change, and inspiring collective action.

The Earthshot Prize 2021 Indian Winner:

  • “Clean our Air” Takachar, India: A portable machine created to turn agricultural waste into fertiliser so that farmers do not burn their fields and cause air pollution.
  • This technology will help convert crop residues into sellable bio-products like fuel and fertilizers.
  • The technology reduces smoke emissions by 98%.
  • The burning of agricultural waste causes air pollution that in some areas has reduced life expectancy by a decade.