INTRODUCING GENERATION EARTHSHOT!
On Wednesday 13th October The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Kew Gardens to take part in a Generation Earthshot event with children from The Heathland School to generate big, bold ideas to repair the planet.
At the Royal Botanical Gardens Their Royal Highnesses joined the Mayor of London, explorer and presenter Steve Backshall MBE, Olympian Helen Glover MBE and school students to take part in a series of fun, engaging and thought-provoking activities.
The event celebrated Generation Earthshot, a new educational initiative delivered by our World’s Largest Lesson team in partnership with The Earthshot Prize and The Royal Foundation.
Generation Earthshot encourages students aged 10-15 and their teachers around the world to generate ideas to solve the world’s greatest environmental challenges. It aims to unlock the potential of the next generation of inventors, innovators and leaders who will inherit our world and inspire in them the enthusiasm to develop new solutions and protect our planet.
Speaking ahead of the inaugural Earthshot Prize awards later this month, The Duke invited teachers to get involved by using a free Generation Earthshot teacher toolkit and then sharing their students’ best environmental ideas to be showcased on the Generation Earthshot website.
The Duke of Cambridge said:
"Education is such an important part of protecting our planet. We must inspire in the next generation the optimism, confidence and enthusiasm to chase those solutions and to continue building a more sustainable future.
Generation Earthshot aims to educate young people and encourage them that together we can find the answers. That’s why I’m inviting teachers across the world to get involved, to get young people thinking about these issues and how new ideas can help us change course.
Children can be uniquely creative and I can’t wait to see some of the ideas that are shared with us."
The first ever Earthshot Prize awards will be held on 17th October 2021 at the iconic Alexandra Palace in London. Broadcast to a global audience via the BBC and Discovery, the awards ceremony will celebrate the 15 incredible Finalists from around the world before awarding the first five Winners of The Earthshot Prize. These five solutions will have the potential to respond to the biggest environmental challenges facing our planet and will each receive £1 million to help them scale up.
It comes just weeks before the UK hosts COP26 in Glasgow from October 31st to November 12th. The climate talks will bring together heads of state, climate experts and campaigners to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change. These actions include increasing the focus on climate and environmental education within school curriculums across the world.