Weekly Edition #020

A prize to "repair the planet"

Prince William left, and the naturalist Sir David Attenborough in Davos, Switzerland, in 2019. Mr. Attenborough is on a council overseeing a new environmental prize. 
Fabrice Coffrini / Agence France-Presse & Getty Images

Prince William on Thursday announced the establishment of a major environmental prize to reward climate change solutions over the next 10 years, saying it was an effort to “turn the current pessimism surrounding environmental issues into optimism.”

Five £1m prizes will be awarded each year for the next 10 years, aiming to provide at least 50 solutions to some of the world’s environmental problems.

Sir David Attenborough, the naturalist behind dozens of documentaries chronicling the planet’s biodiversity, has joined a council overseeing the prize and helped promote its debut.

🌕 Inspired by John F Kennedy’s ambitious “Moon Shot” lunar program, the prize is centered on five “Earthshots” – simple but ambitious goals for the planet. These are:

  • Protect and restore nature.

  • Clean our air.

  • Revive our oceans.

  • Build a waste-free world.

  • Fix our climate.

🌱 Individuals, people-powered movements, business cities, and countries can be nominated for the prizes. Learn more on the project’s website.

Watch “A Life on Our Planet” on Netflix


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Reading

What’s a circular bioeconomy and how can it save the planet?

Marc Palahí & Justin Adams | World Economic Forum

The collective brain: where does innovation come from?

Anne-Laure Le Cunff | Ness Labs

Spatial Memory: Why It Matters for UX Design

Page Laubheimer | Nielson Norman Group

Google’s new logos are bad

Devin Coldewey | Tech Crunch

Why Life Can’t Be Simpler

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TED Talks

Where does all the carbon we release go? | Kristen Bell + Giant Ant

A brief answer to one of the key questions about climate change: Where does all the carbon we release go? (Written by Myles Allen, David Biello and George Zaidan)
This animation was part of the Countdown Global Launch on 10.10.2020.

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Countdown is TED's global initiative to accelerate solutions to the climate crisis. The goal: to build a better future by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, in the race to a zero-carbon world.

👉 Get involved: https://countdown.ted.com/sign-up


What happened


So what happens now?

Artwork: Glenn Thomas

Every choice we make has an impact on the planet. While individually, this impact seems small, when you add everyone up and zoom out – the picture starts to look very different.

Respecting the earth is making a choice to understand the gravity of our actions, and to think about the planet we stand on when we’re making them.

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