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The Earthshot prize was created in October by Prince William and the Royal Foundation. Its aim is to find new solutions to the world’s biggest environmental problems. This award contributes to the global effort to protect and restore the environment.

“It’s a great honor to be an Official Nominator for this award because Tecnológico de Monterrey is the only institution in Mexico, and one of the few in Latin America, to be invited,” says Dr. Luis Fernández Carril, Sustainability and Climate Change Coordinator.

Tec de Monterrey was invited, along with 100 other organizations around the world, due to its ability to identify the most impactful solutions across all sectors. Nominators will put forward candidates in all five Earthshot categories: protect and restore nature, clean our air, revive our oceans, build a waste-free world, and fix our climate.

This prize doesn’t operate like a scholarship, there’s no paperwork to hand in, even somebody who hasn’t approached the Tec can be nominated. “This prize is a great call to action for people who don’t have the means. It’s a great opportunity. We want everybody we don’t see to find out so that we can look at their project profiles,” Fernández said.

The guidelines they’re looking for in the projects are:

Game-changing: innovative initiatives on a large scale. The project must have proof that it’s been around since 2018 and has the possibility of correcting major environmental problems in any of the five areas.

Significant impact to society and the natural world: The initiative must have a large, verifiable impact on sustainable development metrics.

Replicable: the project has to be replicable in all contexts and in all countries.

This prize is for anyone who meets the guidelines: teachers, students, researchers, for-profit associations and non-profit associations.

“We have a gigantic challenge ahead. The ecological crisis, climate change, is becoming increasingly complex and urgent. We need the participation and collaboration of all social stakeholders to be able to deal with this situation. And this prize is a great opportunity. It’s one million pounds sterling, which is magnificent support,” states Fernández Carril, Vice President of Inclusion, Social Impact, and Sustainability at Tec de Monterrey.

Progress in nominations.

Three days after the global launch, people have started to approach Tec de Monterrey. To date, Dr. Luis Fernández Carril has reviewed six plans from students, associations, and teachers. “If you want more information, please you contact me to tell me about your project profile. I’ll be happy to assist you. However, we have until January 31 to submit nominations,” he says.

The Tec will be nominating those individuals, communities, businesses, and organizations whose solutions make the most progress towards achieving Earthshot’s five simple but ambitious goals which if achieved by 2030 will improve life for us all, for generations to come. “I hope we have a lot of Mexican nominees, and that one of them wins in one of the five categories. Also, if they don’t win in 2021, they have until 2030 to achieve it,” adds the expert in sustainability and climate change.

If you need further information or have any questions about your project, please contact Luis Fernández Carril (lfernandezcarril@tec.mx).