On 3rd February 2021, The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William spoke to seven young environmentalists from the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Young Champions of the Earth initiative to hear their perspectives on the environmental challenges facing our planet and the innovative solutions needed to address these issues.

During the call with The Duke, which was chaired by UNEP’s Executive Director Inger Andersen, the Young Champions discussed the environmental challenges affecting their regions and the response to their projects from local communities, as well as the challenges that have presented themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic. They also spoke about the importance of inspiring optimism, and how entrepreneurship and innovation can create tangible environmental impact.

UNEP is a Global Alliance Partner of The Earthshot Prize, and shares the Prize’s mission to incentivise change and inspire people all over the world to work together to repair the planet.

Young Champions of the Earth is UNEP's flagship youth engagement platform on the environment and aims to identify, celebrate, and support individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 who demonstrate the potential to create positive environmental impact.