With the world progressing on a daily basis, the conversation around climate change has taken center stage for a while. Celebrities have been leading the way for a long time and it seems their pursuit for environmental conservation is far from over.
Colombian superstar Shakira has joined Price William’s latest push to promote climate change worldwide. The Chantaje singer will be part of the judging panel for the new Earthshot Prize launched on 8th Oct 2020. She will be joining a star-studded panel selected by the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.
The Earthshot Prize judging panel will be comprised of Prince William; Shakira; actress Cate Blanchett; Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdulla of Jordan; Christiana Figueres; the former UN Climate chief; former Chinese basketballer Yao Ming and Brazilian footballer Dani Alves; TV icon Sir David Attenborough; Hindou Ibrahim, an environmental activist from Chad; Nigerian-born economist Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Indra Nooyi, the former CEO of Pepsi Co.; Chinese businessman and entrepreneur Jack Ma and Naoko Yamazaki, the second woman from Japan to go to space.
The prize will be offering £50million to reward innovative projects designed to safeguard the future of the planet. The team will be hoping to spread the message of conservation all around the world as they seek to find solutions to the most pressing climate change issues. Its goals will be to: Protect and restore nature, clean our air, revive our oceans, build a waste-free world, and fix our climate.
“I personally feel it is my duty as a citizen, as a human being, and as a mother of two young children to bring attention to this issue before it’s too late. Your children, my children, they have to find ways to reduce carbon emissions, to repair oceans, to clean the air – we need young minds to be informed and invested. That’s why education is so important. We can’t just stand still, we have to lead the way and we have to do it now,” read a statement by the Hips Don’t Lie hitmaker.
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Shakira has taken up philanthropy during her career. The 43-year old, who is wife to Barcelona star Gerald Pique, supports Habitat for Humanity. She also performed at Live Earth, which is a charity concert developed to fight climate change. She has received a medal from the ILO, which is the UN labor agency.
The Earthshot Prize, which is run by William and Kate’s Royal Foundation, will have its nominations window open on November 1.