After over a year of anticipation, Prince William successfully hosted his first Earthshot Prize Awards and announced the winners of his prestigious environmental award program.

The project offers $65 million to provide “solutions to the world’s greatest environmental problems” over the next decade and is the result of two years of work by the royal and The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The event, which was held on Sunday, named five big-thinking visionaries from around the globe and awarded them $1.4 million each for their innovative environmental projects.

The nation of Costa Rica won in the "Protect and Restore Nature" category for a policy that pays local citizens to help plant trees and preserve the country's rainforest. India's Vidyut Mohan won the "Clean our Air" prize for his social enterprise that is helping to convert harmful pollutants into bio-fuels and fertilizers.

Milan, Italy, won the "Build a Waste-Free World" prize for an initiative that has seen the city make use of huge amounts of food, which would otherwise have been discarded by grocery stores and other big entities, to feed those in need.

The Coral Vita initiative won the "Revive our Oceans" prize for developing a scalable system to grow corals on land that can be transplanted into the oceans. And finally, the international Enapter project took, which took the "Fix our Climate" prize for its AEM Electrolyser, which creates emission-free hydrogen gas from renewable electricity.

Congrats to all the lucky winners! We can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

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