Plastic Pollution Coalition Seeks Scalable Solutions to Nominate for The Earthshot Prize

Plastic Pollution Coalition is seeking scalable solutions to nominate for The Earthshot Prize, as one 334 official Nominators from 80 countries selected by The Earthshot Prize team in 2022 for “their leadership in repairing our planet, as well as their networks with individuals, teams, and organisations from all corners of the world, who are leading on solutions to the pressing environmental challenges that we face today.” Winners of The Earthshot Prize will be granted GBP £1 million, along with additional support to help scale their impact.

What We’re Looking for at Plastic Pollution Coalition

At PPC, we will prioritize nominating projects that address the plastic pollution crisis at the source by seeking ways to reduce plastic production and use, center environmental justice, and have the potential to scale in the next few years to make an even bigger impact. We will give preference to those groups and individuals who are members or partners of Plastic Pollution Coalition. Not a member yet? Join here.

According to The Earthshot Prize team, the proposed impact should be realistic and achievable by 2025. At PPC, we expect we will nominate projects primarily in the Build A Waste-Free Worldand Fix Our Climate Earthshot categories, but realize that solutions to plastic pollution fit into multiple categories.


About The Earthshot Prize

Launched by Prince William and The Royal Foundation in October 2020, The Earthshot Prize is the most prestigious global environment prize in history, designed to incentivize change and help repair our planet over the next 10 years. The Prize aims to turn the current pessimism surrounding environmental issues into optimism, by highlighting the ability of human ingenuity to bring about change, and inspiring collective action.

The Earth is at a tipping point and we face a stark choice: either we continue as we are and irreparably damage our planet, or we remember our unique power as human beings and our continual ability to lead, innovate and problem-solve. People can achieve great things. The next 10 years present us with one of our greatest tests—a decade of action to repair the Earth.

Prince William

The Five Earthshots

Taking inspiration from President John F. Kennedy’s Moonshot, which united millions of people around an organizing goal to put man on the moon and catalyzed the development of new technology in the 1960s, The Earthshot Prize is centered around five ‘Earthshots’ – simple but ambitious goals for our planet, which if achieved by 2030 will improve life for us all, for generations to come. The five Earthshots are: Protect & Restore Nature, Clean Our Air, Revive Our Oceans, Build A Waste-Free World, and Fix Our Climate.

Protect & Restore Nature
Protect & Restore Nature
Revive Our Oceans
Build a Waste Free World
Fix Our Climate

Each Earthshot is underpinned by scientifically agreed targets including the UN Sustainable Development Goals and other internationally recognized measures to help repair our planet. By bringing these five critical issues together, The Earthshot Prize recognizes the interconnectivity between environmental challenges and the urgent need to tackle them together.

The Prize: One Million Pounds (GBP) and More!

Winners of The Earthshot Prize will be granted GBP £1million to scale their impact. Winners and Finalists are also given a global platform and profile and tailored support from the Prize’s Global Alliance network, including in-kind support and partnership opportunities.

Thank You For Submitting Nominations

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination. We are no longer accepting nominations. We will notify those projects we are moving forward for consideration on February 18.

Washington, DC – Plastic Pollution Coalition is an official Nominator for The Earthshot Prize—one of only 120 select organizations from around the world invited to submit nominations, chosen for the “ability to identify the most impactful solutions across all sectors, from grassroots to businesses.”

Launched November 1, The Earthshot Prize is the largest global environment prize in history, aiming to find and amplify solutions to the world’s biggest environmental problems.

Together, the five Earthshots: ‘Protect and restore nature’, ‘Clean our air’, ‘Revive our oceans’, ‘Build a waste-free world’ and ‘Fix our climate’, aim to generate new ways of thinking, as well as scalable policies, solutions, systems and technologies.

We will be nominating individuals, communities, businesses and organizations from our global Coalition whose solutions can make the most progress towards achieving the five Earthshots – simple but ambitious goals which if achieved by 2030 will improve life for us all, for generations to come.

“We are honored to be Nominators for the prestigious Earthshot Prize” said Dianna Cohen, Co-Founder and CEO of Plastic Pollution Coalition. “Solving the plastic pollution crisis has been our number one goal since our founding 11 years ago on the first day. With 5 winners receiving  £1 million each year over the next 10 years, we know the abundant solutions to our global plastic pollution crisis can be scaled. We look forward to nominating individuals, organizations, and businesses from among our Coalition of more than 1,200 member organizations and businesses from 75 countries, for serious consideration. Together we will  create a healthier, more just and equitable future for all on our home planet, Earth.”

The 5-stage prize process to select a winner for each Earthshot is as follows:

1. Nominations: Nominators will seek out solutions from across the globe that will help us reach the Earthshots.

2. Screening: Nominations will be screened as part of an independent assessment process run by Deloitte, the implementation partner.

3. Shortlist: A distinguished panel of experts will support the judging process, making recommendations to The Earthshot Prize Council.

4. Selection: Prince William and The Earthshot Prize Council will select five winners.

5. Awards: The winners of The Earthshot Prize will be announced at an awards ceremony, which will take place in different cities across the world each year between 2021 and 2030.

Prizes could be awarded to a wide range of individuals, teams or collaborations—scientists, activists, economists, community projects, leaders, governments, banks, businesses, cities, and countries—anyone whose workable solutions make a substantial contribution to achieving the Earthshots.

After the awards, each winner will receive a global platform and prestigious profile, with their stories being showcased over the decade and the ambition that their solutions lead to mass adoption, replication and scaling. The £1 million in prize money will support environmental and conservation projects that are agreed with the winners. Shortlisted nominees will also be given tailored support and opportunities to help scale their work, including being connected with an ecosystem of like-minded individuals and organisations.

Learn more about The Earthshot Prize. 

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