After holding successful inaugural Earthshot Prize awards ceremonies in London and Boston, the third annual Earthshot Prize awards returned to Asia on Tuesday night for a ceremony in Singapore. Britain’s Prince William, who chairs the award program, commended all 15 finalists’ solutions that ranged from solar dryers and soil carbon marketplaces to making electric car batteries cleaner and strengthening marine enforcement against illegal fishing – showing “that hope does burn bright”.
Sustainability was at the core of this year’s presenters walk on a green carpet, featuring Cate Blanchett who donned an old dark green blazer from her wardrobe; Lana Condor, Robert Irwin and Nomzamo Mbatha also donned eco-friendly clothes while Donnie Yen donned an old navy blue suit; Hannah Waddingham and Sterling K Brown each wore dresses by sustainable fashion brand McCartney while the evening’s musical entertainment came from Bastille, OneRepublic and Bebe Rexha respectively.
Suratman Markesan of Malay was honored for Honing the Pen, Volume 2, while English nonfiction author Wang Gungwu’s Home Is Where We Are Going was recognized in English – both are 91 years old, making them two of the oldest winners ever! Additionally, Rama Suresh from Tamil fiction won both categories as well as becoming the inaugural author to win both readers’ favorites awards.
This year’s competition drew an impressive record number of entries, and judges were amazed to discover so many finalists were exploring climate change’s effect on communities. Additionally, judges noted with satisfaction the strong showing by Asian writers – three even from outside their region!
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