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African climate activists, innovators urged to submit nominations for $1.2m Earthshot Prize

The Earthshot Prize, a global environmental prize to discover, accelerate, and scale ground-breaking solutions to repair and regenerate the planet, has begun its 2023 search for breakthrough solutions to solve the globe’s biggest environmental challenges.

Reeddi Capsules
University of Toronto graduate, Olugbenga Olubanjo, with his invention, the Reeddi Capsules, which emerged an Earthshot Prize finalist when it was first launched in 2021

MultiChoice, the official African broadcast partner and member of The Earthshot Prize Global Alliance, is issuing a call for entries from African organisations, businesses, governments, and individuals who are doing scalable and impactful work in this capacity.

Potential nominees can enter into any of the five categories of the Earthshot Prize, including: Protect and Restore Nature, Clean our Air, Revive our Oceans, Build a Waste-Free World and Fix our Climate. The Prize is awarded annually to five winners, each receiving a $1.2 million/R20 million (£1 million) prize grant to scale their projects.

Each year, The Earthshot Prize launches a global search for breakthrough solutions, with a worldwide network of more than 350 nominating individuals and organisations from 66 countries tasked with ushering the process through.

As an official nominator, MultiChoice has established an official entry portal (https://bit.ly/3X3Rr8Q) and asks that all submissions be submitted by January 27, 2023. Representatives from MultiChoice will then review these entries and officially nominate selections directly to The Earthshot Prize.

“By entering this prestigious prize, African innovators will be afforded the platform to pitch their solutions, inspire other corporates to join the fight against climate change and motivate governments to prioritize climate change as part of their national agendas,’’ said Imtiaz Patel, Chairman, MultiChoice Group. “If you have a worthy intervention whose solution makes significant progress towards achieving any of the five Earthshots, we urge you to send in your nomination and be part of the solution.’’

When The Earthshot Prize was first launched in 2021, three African organisations were selected as finalists namely, Sanergy (from Kenya), Reeddi Capsules (from Nigeria) and Pole Pole Foundation (from the Democratic Republic of Congo).

On December 2, 2022, Prince William and The Earthshot Prize revealed the 2022 winners. African based Mukuru Clean Stoves, a start-up providing cleaner-burning stoves to women in Kenya to reduce unhealthy indoor pollution and provide a safer way to cook, won the coveted environmental prize during the inspirational awards ceremony hosted in Boston.

In addition to the $1.2 million/R20 million (£1 million) prize, Mukuru Clean Stoves will benefit from a global network of professional and technical support to scale their work.

This includes access to resources across numerous professions and sectors including manufacturing, retail, supply chains, legal advice, digital technology, business strategy and government relations via The Earthshot Prize Global Alliance. The Prize will allow Mukuru Clean Stoves to create an even cleaner stove that burns ethanol, and within three years, they hope to reach one million customers. Within the decade, they hope to expand their impact to 10 million people all over Africa.

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