Prince William is bringing his second annual Earthshot Prize stateside, visiting New York City next month ahead of this year’s award ceremony hosted in Boston.
The royal will begin the countdown to this important conservation event taking place at the end of the year by traveling to Manhattan in September to make an appearance at the Eathshot Prize Innovation Summit. The Earthshot Prize and Bloomberg Philanthropies are co-hosting this day-long conference where the finalists and winners of last year’s inaugural prize ceremony will gather to share their ideas and findings with the public. Prince Williams is also scheduled to address guests alongside Michael R. Bloomberg, a member of the prize committee that serve as global advisors to the winners of the Earthshot Prize, helping them to scale and replicate their climate change solutions.
The trip is all part of the lead up to the prize ceremony itself which the Duke of Cambridge previously announced would take place in Boston this December. In a video posted to Twitter last month, he said, “In 2022, we’re back and bringing Earthshot to the USA where we’ll award the next five winners of the Prize.” The footage then cuts to Red Sox player Xander Bogaerts standing in the outfield of Fenway Park, who adds, “And we will be doing it right here in Boston.”
In January of this year, William said that while he was proud of the enormous accomplishments and insightful ideas already generated by the winners of the inaugural Earthshot Prize, he still wants to go even further with this year’s innovative climate change solutions. The royal said in a statement, “The 2021 Winners and Finalists have set the bar incredibly high. As the nominations for 2022 open, I can’t wait to see what solutions the Prize helps to champion this coming year.” He added, “In 2022, we are determined to go further by seeking even more nominations from every corner of the world, ensuring that we spotlight and scale the very best ideas and innovations that will put our planet on a sustainable path and protect our world for generations to come.”
This year, the Duke also expanded the prize’s nomination network to include 300 organizations and people from around the world. Out of all these nominees, five winners will ultimately be chosen and given $1.4 million each to execute their proposals. Both the winners and an additional ten finalists will also be given mentorships to help scale their projects, which last year tackled issues from plastic pollution to ocean degradation. When announcing the initiative for the first time late last year, William called it “the most prestigious global environment prize in history” with the goal of inspiring collective action to “innovate, problem solve, and ultimately repair the planet.” In the introduction to Earthshot: How to Save our Planet, the authoritative book on this new endeavor, the royal writes, “I have seen people all over the world face what seem like insurmountable challenges yet come together with collective ambition, and a can-do-spirit, to find solutions to them. I strongly believe that change is possible, when you put your mind to it. I started thinking about what to do to change the equation to something else: urgency + optimism = action.”
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