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PROTECTING THE PLANET Prince William speaks at the Earthshot Prize Awards ceremony. KIRSTY O’CONNOR—AP

The second annual Earthshot prizes have been awarded. A ceremony was held on December 2, in Boston, Massachusetts. The Earthshot charity was founded by Prince William, of the United Kingdom (U.K.). It awards $1.2 million each to five projects.

The winners include a company in the U.K. that makes packaging out of seaweed. There’s a group of Indigenous women rangers in Australia who protect the Great Barrier Reef. A company in Oman can turn carbon dioxide into rock. Mukuru Clean Stoves brings cleaner-burning stoves to homes in Kenya. And a start-up in India created Greenhouse-in-a-Box. It increases production on small farms.

The prize was inspired by President John F. Kennedy. His moonshot speech in 1962 promised to put people on the moon. The effort “created jobs, boosted economies, and provided hope,” William said. He added that this year’s Earthshot projects will do the same.

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