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How The Earthshot Prize works

The Earthshot Prize exists to discover, spotlight and help grow innovative solutions that are working to repair and regenerate our planet. This is how we do it.

It all starts with The Roadmap. This comprehensive plan, written in collaboration with expert contributors and based on the latest scientific understanding, details the precise criteria we believe is needed to achieve our Earthshots.

It’s with this laser-focus that the process begins.


Together with our global network of Official Nominators, we search the world for innovative solutions to the greatest environmental challenges.

These solutions must have proven prototypes, show signs of success, and have the potential to make a positive impact on the environment.

We aim to gather nominations from a wide and diverse group of individuals and sectors.


From the thousands of nominations we receive each year, with vital support from our Expert Advisory Panel and using our rigorous selection criteria we go through a process to first identify a Top 150 and then a Top 15. These Top 15 candidates become Earthshot Prize Finalists.

It is then down to our distinguished Prize Council members to choose the five Finalists that will ultimately be named as Earthshot Prize Winners.

The Awards


Every year, we host a celebration of our Finalists in cities around the World, with each of the five winners being awarded the catalytic £1 million Earthshot Prize to help scale their solution.



All 15 finalists each year enter The Earthshot Fellowship programme, which provides a year of dedicated support to help accelerate their ideas and unlock new financial, networking and partnership opportunities.


At The Earthshot Prize, our primary goal is to help innovators and their solutions scale at speed and reach their full potential.

To achieve this, we collaborate with our Global Alliance of Partners, including philanthropies, non-profits, government agencies, investors and businesses, to provide tailored support to all Finalists.

Learn About the Earthshots

and Restore

By 2030, we choose to ensure that, for the first time in human history, the natural world is growing – not shrinking – on our planet. 

This Earthshot focuses on three main areas of interest: 

  1. Protecting areas of high biodiversity such as forests, wetland, peatlands and wildlife corridors
  2. Restoring damaged ecosystems
  3. Feeding people while protecting nature
Learn more about this Earthshot

Clean Our

By 2030 we choose to ensure that everyone in the world breathes clean, healthy air – at World Health Organization standard or better. 

This Earthshot focuses on three main areas of interest: 

  1. Engaging citizens in data collection and clean air policies
  2. Preventing the burning of fields, forests and waste
  3. Transitioning to clean transportation for all
Learn more about this Earthshot

Revive Our

By 2030, we choose to repair and preserve our oceans for future generations. 

This Earthshot focuses on three main areas of interest: 

  1. Protecting and restoring coastal ecosystems
  2. Replenishing fish populations
  3. Reducing demand for fishmeal
Learn more about this Earthshot

Build a

By 2030, we choose to build a world where nothing goes to waste, where the leftovers of one process become the raw materials of the next – just like they do in nature. 

This Earthshot focuses on three main areas of interest: 

  1. Reducing food loss from farm to fork
  2. Phasing out single-use and non-recycled plastics
  3. High-value circularity in fashion and electronics
Learn more about this Earthshot

Fix Our

We choose to fix the world’s climate by cutting out carbon: building a carbon neutral economy that lets every culture, community and country thrive. 

This Earthshot focuses on three main areas of interest: 

  1. Creating an equitable clean energy future
  2. Addressing non-CO2 greenhouse gas emissions
  3. Decarbonising hard to abate sectors
Learn more about this Earthshot
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