Every word of Mohamed Salah’s speech at special ceremony live on BBC

Mohamed Salah was invited to present an award on Sunday evening at the inaugural Earthshot prize ceremony in London.

The event took place at the famous Alexandra Palace and was launched by Prince William and Sir David Attenborough last year.

The Egyptian presented the award for ‘Revive our oceans’ and the nominations were Coral Vita, Pristine Seas and Living Seawalls.

Prior to announcing the winner, Salah made an important speech on why the cause means a lot to him personally and the ‘scary’ future the planet’s oceans face.

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“I’m delighted to be here at this amazing and incredibly important event,” he said.

“I’m passionate about this because I grew up near water, the Mediterranean and it is vital to the life in the region, just like all of our planet’s seas and oceans.

“By the end of the century, there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean unless we do something now.

“It is scary. But the finalists [of this award] have found ingenious solutions to revive our oceans.

“They are Pristine Seas in America, who are fighting to protect 30 per cent of the world’s oceans by 2030.

“Coral Vita in the Bahamas, who are working to save the world’s coral reefs.

“And Living Seawalls in Australia, who are bringing life back to our coasts.”

The award was won by Coral Vita, launched by Sam Teicher and Gator Halpern in the Bahamas.

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Their facilities grow coral on land to replant in oceans in a bid to give new life to dying ecosystems.

As well as restoring reefs, the pair also work with local communities, public officials, and private companies to improve education, create new jobs and build a model to inject more funding into environmental protection.

Upon receiving the award, Teicher and Halpern appeared via video call to make their acceptance speech and host of the ceremony, Dermot O’Leary, said: “We can now speak to the guys, congratulations Sam and Gator, for many reasons. Firstly for having probably the coolest name we’re going to hear tonight, Gator.

“Secondly for the award. And thirdly, Gator, I know you’re a massive Liverpool fan so the fact that Mo Salah is giving you this award is quite a big deal for you!”

Halpern then responded with: “You’ll Never Walk Alone Mo! Love you” in what was a heartwarming moment of the ceremony.

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