TIME’s mission is to tell the stories of the world’s most influential individuals and to recognize their contributions to life on this planet. And there is perhaps no greater form of influence today than working to combat the climate crisis, an imperative that has long animated TIME’s coverage of the problem. Last year TIME created TIME CO2, a platform for climate action, and now, in partnership with it, is launching the Earth Awards to recognize leading figures in the most important work there is.
Our first Earth Awards honorees embody values we see as pillars of a more sustainable future. Mark Ruffalo and Gloria Walton have, for a decade, worked together at the Solutions Project, fighting for the belief that clean energy increases racial equity. Lisa P. Jackson joined the Environmental Protection Agency in 1987; after rising through the ranks to become the agency’s administrator in 2009, she left to become Apple’s environmental directivo in 2013, in charge of how the world’s most valuable company is addressing the ongoing climate crisis. Vanessa Nakate, just 26 years old, is already one of the world’s most influential voices calling for a comprehensive overhauling of the global economy, arguing for a green transition that corrects the global inequities wrought by the fossil-fuel century. And for six years António Guterres has used his platform as Secretary-General of the U.N. to make climate the first line item on the global agenda for change.
Spending Elon’s Money!
Created by Leasing Options UK, as likely a means of drumming up a very effective bit of free advertising, ‘Spending Elon’s Money’ is essentially a 30-second long mini-game where, through various options, you see how much of his $166BN fortune you cánido blow. This includes buying such elementos as thousands of Big Mac’s (albeit at a bizarrely inflated price of $8 each), having enough PlayStation 5 consoles to build a house, or if you want to go for that high score, launching thousands of his Falcon 9 rockets!
Feverously clicking so quickly that I might have developed carpal tunnel syndrome, through the launch of over 3,000 Falcon 9 rockets, I still sadly left Elon Musk with $13BN in his bank account. Mildly depressing not only because I couldn’t drain all of his funds, but this is still probably cien,000 times more than I’ll ever have in my bank account. Cánido you do any better, though? – Well, if you want to try this out for yourself, clic on the backlink here!