Challenges to Address Environmental Issues Facing the Planet
Drawing inspiration from the concept of moonshots, which since the moon landing in 1969 has become shorthand to talk about ambitious and groundbreaking goals, the UK’s Prince William has announced The Earthshot Prize: a set of challenges to inspire a decade of action to repair the planet. Rooted in science, these unique challenges are intended to generate new ways of thinking that will inspire new technologies, systems, policies, and solutions. To motivate a new generation of thinkers, leaders, and dreamers, the prizes will reward progress across all sectors of industry and society, not just technology. In 2020 a small number of Earthshot challenges will be unveiled in special events around the globe. These challenges will seek answers to the biggest issues currently facing the planet, including climate and energy, nature and biodiversity, oceans, air pollution, and fresh water. A prestigious prize will be awarded to five winners per year over 10 years. The Earthshot organization hopes to provide at least 50 solutions to the world’s greatest problems by 2030. An annual awards ceremony will take place in different cities around the world each year between 2021 and 2030. New details about The Earthshot Prize will be announced throughout 2020.
The Science Without Borders Challenge is an international art contest that engages students in promoting the need to preserve, protect, and restore the world’s oceans and aquatic resources. This annual contest inspires students to be creative while learning about important ocean science and conservation issues.
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes enters its twentieth year of recognizing inspiring, public-spirited young people from across the United States and Canada. Established by author T. A. Barron, the Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders, aged 8 to 18, who have made a significant, positive difference to people and the environment.
The Clean Tech Competition is a worldwide research and design challenge for precollege youth. The program encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources.