William calls for a faster pace in efforts to repair the planet

The Duke of Cambridge introduced a Dragons’ Den-style event allowing ‘eco innovators’ to connect with investors and industry leaders 
By Tony Jones

The Duke of Cambridge has warned “change is not happening fast enough or at the scale we need” to repair the planet and avert “devastating planetary and humanitarian” crises.

William voiced his concerns in a speech at the Dubai Expo 2020 and said despite the gains made at the recent Cop26 UN climate change summit “we are still in a race against time”. Last autumn, the duke held the inaugural presentation ceremony for his Earthshot Prize, which aims to find solutions to the planet’s environmental problems, and the appeal has already been made for 2022 nominees.

DP World, a founding partner of the Earthshot Prize, announced £1 million in funding to be divided equally between two Earthshot Prize innovations whose creators pitched their ideas at the Expo.

They were Coral Vita, winner of the Revive Our Oceans Earthshot category for its coral farming process that restores dying reefs, and finalist Living Seawalls, which creates panels that mimic marine habitats such as rock pools and are fitted to coastal defences.

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