Prince William announced the Earthshot Prize finalists on Friday, September 17, and whoever wins will be awarded the $1.4 million prize to help the environment for years to come.
"I am honored to introduce the 15 innovators, leaders, and visionaries who are the first ever Finalists for The Earthshot Prize," the 39-year-old said. "They are working with the urgency required in this decisive decade for life on Earth and will inspire all of us with their optimism in our ability to rise to the greatest challenges in human history."
The initiative — which was announced in 2019 — "aims to mobilize collective action around our unique ability to innovate, problem solve and repair our planet."
William supposedly went through all of the submissions and is close with the finalists, who were placed in five different categories.
For Protect and Restore Nature, Pole Pole Foundation, The Republic of Costa Rica and Restor, Switzerland were chosen, while in the Clean Our Air slot, The Blue Map App, Takachar and Vinisha Umashankar were picked.
Revive Our Oceans includes Coral Vita, Living Seawalls and Pristine Seas, while Build A Waste-Free World has The City of Milan Food Waste Hubs, Sanergy and WOTA Box.
Lastly, Fix Our Climate lists AEM Electrolyser, Reeddi Capsules and SOLbazaar.
The dad-of-three will announce the first five winners (one for each category) on October 17. The ceremony will be broadcast by the BBC in the U.K. and Discovery in the U.S.