Earthshot Prize

Our students are on a mission to repair our planet

HICES’ Earthshot Prize at a glance:

Held: In school throughout the year
Location:  In school | excursions & incursions with other HICES schools
For: Year 7 – 11.  See below for Stage 1, 2 & 3 information
Earthshot Expo: Held in November
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The Earthshot Prize was founded by HRH Prince William and Sir David Attenborough in 2020.

It was designed to find and grow solutions that will repair our planet in this decade and focuses on five Earthshots: 
Clean our Air | Fix our Climate | Protect & Restore Nature | Build a Waste Free World | Revive our Oceans

It is the most prestigious global environment prize in history.

The HICES Earthshot Prize inspires our students to join the mission of The Earthshot Prize.  HICES teachers have collaboratively designed a guided inquiry based learning program to support and inspire students to come up with solutions targeting the five Earthshots.  

The HICES Earthshot Prize builds optimism and confidence in our students by nurturing their innate creativity and channelling it towards finding solutions to our biggest environmental challenges.  At HICES, we call them ‘solutionaries’.

How does HICES' EARTHSHOT Prize work?

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The HICES Earthshot Prize is a three stage program: 

Stage 1: Years 7 & 8
An inter school coalition of students who, by bringing together a multitude of skills, collaborate, explore and develop solutions to solve the world’s greatest challenges. 

Our Earthshot projects will be showcased at the end of the year at our HICES Sustainability Expo.  A panel of industry related experts will be on hand to offer advice and recommendations for enabling students to scale their solutions. 

Stage 2: Yrs 9 & 10

Our Earthshot Emerging Leaders Program is a natural pathway for Stage 1 solutionaries.   Emerging Leaders will mentor Stage 1 solutionaries at in-school Earthshot Clubs, at inter school Earthshot activities and at camp. Our Earthshot Emerging Leaders will in turn be mentored by industry leaders in their field of interest.

Stage 3: Yr 11 
Our solutionaries are rewarded with domestic and international study tours to be further inspired by visiting and seeing first hand how Earthshot Prize Winners around the world are restoring our planet.

So what exactly is a solutionary?

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  • A solutionary is someone who can identify inhumane, unsustainable, and unjust systems and then develop solutions so that people, animals, and the environment can thrive
  • A solutionary is someone who, instead of arguing about issues, seeks to work with others across divides to solve problems
  • A solutionary identifies all who are impacted by a problem and the systems that perpetuate it.  Once they understand the systems that create and support the problem, they devise a solution that is better for people, other species and the environment.