8 Oct, 2020 @ 18:30
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Shakira to join forces with Prince William and David Attenborough to help save the planet

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SHE is the much-loved Colombian singer whose hips don’t lie and who dominates the music charts and storms stages across the globe. 

Now Shakira is taking a break from ruling the planet to save it – with a little help from her famous friends. 

The Waka Waka star, who’s married to Gerard Piqué, will work alongside Prince William and David Attenborough to help select the winners of the Earthshot Prize.

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The 13 strong council, which also includes actress Cate Blanchett, the Chinese basketball player Yao Min and Queen Rania of Jordan, will choose “the most prestigious global environment prize in history”. 

The Duke of Cambridge, 38, launched the award, which has been likened to a green Nobel Prize, which will see a total of 50 environmental pioneers each awarded a £1million prize for their work tackling major problems across climate and energy, nature and biodiversity, oceans, air pollution and fresh water.

In the video announcing the council, pop star Shakira spoke of her own passion for the environment alongside  Brazilian footballer Dani Alves and the Japanese astronaut Naoko Yamazaki.

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The star, who has launched her own charity for impoverished kids, said: ‘I personally feel it is my duty as a citizen, as a human being and as a mother of two young children to bring attention to this issue before it’s too late.’

She added: ‘Your children, my children – they have to find ways to reduce carbon emissions, to repair our oceans, to clean the air. 

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‘So we need young minds to be informed and invested, which is why education is so important. But we can’t just stand still. 

‘We have to lead the way and we have to do it now. I know it’s ambitious and I know there will be so many challenges along the way but I also know there will be so many who will rise to the occasion.’

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