• Vidyut Mohan, a Delhi-based entrepreneur, won the inaugural edition of The Earthshot Prize
  • He won it for his innovative technology that recycles agricultural wasteto create fuel.

Important points:

  • It is an award set up by Prince William and the Royal Foundation, the charity founded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and historian David Attenborough.
  • Earlier, Sir David Attenborough has also been conferred with the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize for 2019.
  • Established in 2020, 2021 was the first year when awards were handed out to finalists for their contributions towards
  • The award will honour five finalists between 2021 and 2030 for developing solutions to fight the climate crisis.
  • They will receive a prize of one million Euros. The winners will be chosen by the Earthshot Prize Council.

Each year five winners will be selected, one for each of the Five United Nations Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs)

  1. Restoration and protection of nature
  2. Air cleanliness
  3. Ocean revival
  4. Waste-free living
  5. Climate action.


Prizes could be awarded to a wide range of individuals, teams or collaborations – scientists, activists, economists, community projects, leaders, governments, banks, businesses, cities, and countries – anyone whose workable solutions make a substantial contribution to achieving the Earthshots.


  • To encourage and support the development of solutions for Earth’s environmental problems.
  • To incentivise change and help repair the planet over the next ten years.
  • To turn the current pessimism surrounding environmental issues into optimism, by highlighting the ability of human ingenuity to bring about change, and inspiring collective action.

The Earthshot Prize 2021 Indian Winner:

  • “Clean our Air” Takachar, India: A portable machine created to turn agricultural waste into fertiliser so that farmers do not burn their fields and cause air pollution.
  • This technology will help convert crop residues into sellable bio-products like fuel and fertilizers.
  • The technology reduces smoke emissions by 98%.
  • The burning of agricultural waste causes air pollution that in some areas has reduced life expectancy by a decade.


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