Finalists Announcement: The Earthshot Prize, London 2021https://youtu.be/8od6_5LIhyY
Democratic Republic of Congo
Republic of Costa Rica
Bangladesh(1) Protect and Restore Nature:
a. Pole Pole Foundation, Democratic Republic of Congo: An inspiring community-led model of conservation that protects gorillas and local livelihoods.
b. The Republic of Costa Rica: A pioneering scheme paying local citizens to restore natural ecosystems that has led to a revival of the rainforest.
c. Restor, Switzerland: A ground-breaking online platform connecting and empowering local conservation projects.(2) Clean our Air:
a. The Blue Map App, China: China’s first public environmental database enabling citizens to hold polluters to account.
b. Takachar, India: A pioneering technology to create profitable products from agricultural waste and put a stop to the burning of crops.
c. Vinisha Umashankar, India: A 14-year-old innovator and activist who has designed a solar-powered ironing cart with the potential to improve air quality across India.(3) Revive our Oceans:
a. Coral Vita, Bahamas: A truly cutting-edge breakthrough in coral farming that can restore our world’s dying coral reefs.
b. Living Seawalls, Australia: Innovative and replicable seawall panels bringing marine life back to coastal sea defences.
c. Pristine Seas, USA: An unprecedented global conservation programme protecting 6.5 million square km of the world’s ocean.(4) Build a Waste-Free World:
a. The City of Milan Food Waste Hubs, Italy: A city-wide initiative that has dramatically cut waste while tackling hunger.
b. Sanergy, Kenya: A circular sanitation solution that converts human waste into safe products for local farmers.
c. WOTA BOX, Japan: A tiny water treatment plant that turns 98% of wastewater into clean water.(5) Fix our Climate:
a. AEM Electrolyser, Thailand/Germany/Italy: An ingenious green hydrogen technology developed to transform how we power our homes and buildings.
b. Reeddi Capsules, Nigeria: Solar-powered energy capsules making electricity affordable and accessible in energy-poor communities.
c. SOLbazaar, Bangladesh: The world’s first peer-to-peer energy exchange network in a country on the front-line of climate change.