Later this year, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel to Boston to celebrate the second annual Earthshot Award. “The @EarthshotPrize is back and this year we’re heading to Boston!” William shared in a Twitter post breaking the news earlier this week. “Five more winners. Game-changing solutions. More potential to save our planet. Boston, see you in December.”
The location of the event is no coincidence. This year’s awards are presented in partnership with Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.
Prince William once shared that JFK and his famous 1961 “moonshot” speech inspired the Earthshot initiative.
“I have long been inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 mission to land a man on the moon within a decade. He named it the Moonshot. It seemed crazy. We had just launched the first satellite. Putting a man on the moon that quickly seemed impossible,” William said in a Ted talk in July 2021.
He continued: “In taking this giant leap for humanity, the team behind the Moonshot has united millions of people around the world – that this crazy ambition wasn’t so crazy after all.”
Now, William said, “we must harness the spirit of human ingenuity and determination and activate it with precise focus and urgency on the most urgent challenge we have ever faced: fixing our planet.”
Following the announcement of the awards venue, JFK’s only grandson, Jack Kennedy Schlossberg, shared his support on social media. “Earth shot baby!” he wrote on Twitter, in response to a video shared by the JFK Library:
He also reposted a video shared by Earthshot Prize.
At this point, it’s unclear what role Schlossberg will play in the 2022 awards show, but we’ll continue to report details as they become public.