On Sunday, October 17th, The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, invited Liverpool striker and Egyptian football megastar Mohamed Salah to join other celebrities at the Earthshot Prize ceremony in London. He was the only footballer to join this prestigious event.
The Earthshot Prize is a global environmental award that tackles climate change and offers innovative solutions to rectify the planet. The first edition has been launched last year and will continue to be awarded annually until 2030. Its main goal is to select five winners each year whose solutions make a significant contribution to the environment.
According to the official website, Earthshot is the most prestigious and ambitious ceremony of its kind that is designed to promote change and help mend our planet for the next decade.
The event was held at the well-known Alexandra Palace and was introduced by Prince William and Sir David Attenborough last year. Mohamed Salah presented the award for "Revive our Oceans" and the nominees were Coral Vita, Living Seawalls, and Pristine Seas.
Five winners have been awarded £1 million to fund their innovative solutions. The winners have been chosen from these five categories: Protect and Restore Nature, Revive Our Oceans, Clean Our Air, Build a Waste-free World, and Fix Our Climate.
The “Moonshot” program, by US President John F Kennedy’s, inspired this prize. Kennedy’s program resulted in the US Apollo lunar launch and the first man setting foot on the Moon in 1969.
Before the winner was announced, Salah delivered an important speech on why the cause means so much to him personally and what a “terrifying” future awaits the planet's oceans. He also added that he was delighted to be at this incredibly important event.
The event witnessed several musical performances by popular celebrities, such as Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, and Shawn Mendes.
Mohamed Salah wasn’t the only one presenting the award; Kate Middleton, Emma Thompson, and Emma Watson were among the celebrities who presented the awards. However, Salah was the only football player and, needless to say, the only Egyptian in this mega event.