As a 2022 Finalist of The Earthshot Prize, the world’s most prestigious environmental prize, Low Carbon Materials were invited to Singapore to be part of the week-long celebration of innovation and impact.
‘Earthshot Week’ included a host of events that featured international thought leaders and exciting innovators who provided insight and inspiration on how we can positively impact the planet.
Our CEO and Co-founder, Natasha Boulding, represented Low Carbon Materials in Singapore across the week. Keep reading for a breakdown of everything that she got up to.
The first day of Earthshot Week featured the Global Alliance Forum held in the National Gallery Singapore. The forum and following reception brought together The Earthshot Prize’s cohort of Finalists with the global network of NGOs, corporates, and philanthropists who are committed to supporting Finalists in scaling their solutions. The event featured conversations around the shared mission of everyone involved with the Earthshot Prize, placing the innovative solutions of Finalists at the forefront of discussion.
Hannah Jones, Christiana Figueres, Charlotte Pera and Jacinda Ardern all gave inspirational talks on accelerating positive environmental impact.
Desmond Kuek, CEO of Temasek Trust, highlighted the importance of collaborative action and catalytic capital, stating: "If you want to move fast, go alone. If you want to move far, go together…..we need both."
After conversations and networking had wrapped up at the Global Alliance Forum, the Singapore skyline was illuminated in green. The Earthshot Prize turned iconic landmarks around the city green to celebrate all the environmental innovation in Southeast Asia.
Tuesday saw the five Winners of the 2023 Earthshot Prize Awards announced at Mediacorp Singapore.
The star-studded ceremony placed a spotlight on this year’s Finalists and their inspirational efforts to protect and repair the planet. It also featured performances from the likes of Bastille, OneRepublic and Bebe Rexha.
Natasha walked the ‘green carpet’ with other Finalists. Cate Blanchett, Lana Condor, Robert Irwin, Nomzamo Mbatha, and Donnie Yen presented the five awards.
The 2023 Earthshot Prize Winners are:
Each of the winners will be awarded a £1 million prize to help catalyse their impact and scale their solution.
On Wednesday, Natasha attended the Bloomberg New Economy Forum, which convened global business leaders, politicians, and investors to address the most important issues relating to business and finance.
Insightful speakers at the event included Mike Bloomberg, Vivian Balakrishnan - Singapore Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu, President of the Republic of Kosovo.
Noubar Afeyan, the founder of Moderna, highlighted the accelerated global collaborative action that occurred during the pandemic and how these approaches need to be applied to the climate crisis.
During the day, there was a session focusing on ‘Decarbonisation in the Real World’, which featured Jan Jenisch, the CEO and Chair of Holcim. Jan emphasised how decarbonisation of the built environment is not a choice for companies but a must.
Natasha also joined Jan Jenisch, along with architects, developers, public authorities, technologists, and investors, speaking at a Holcim breakout session. The roundtable discussion focused on how to reinvent cities as circular economies of scale.
The Earthshot Week finished on Thursday with a closing reception inside the Flower Dome.
Natasha was reunited with fellow Earthshot Prize finalists one last time before travelling back to the UK.
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In order to offset the carbon of Natasha’s return flight to Singapore, Low Carbon Materials purchased transparent and accurate carbon credits supporting Cycle Up - a platform that allows for the recovery of products from construction sites for reuse. The credits were purchased using the CEEZER platform.
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