We are delighted to announce that The Earthshot Prize 2022 has selected Boston as its host city for its second annual awards ceremony. The ceremony, which will be broadcast to a global audience, will be held in early December 2022 and will celebrate this year’s cohort of 15 incredible Finalists from around the world, each representing a groundbreaking solution to repair our planet. We’re excited to be working in partnership with The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation alongside Mayor Michelle Wu and the City of Boston as we head to this inspiring city and can’t wait to celebrate Boston given their own work on addressing the impacts of climate change and building a resilient future for all who live there.
Mayor Wu’s administration is committed to making Boston a Green New Deal city by leading the charge to mitigate the threats of climate change while transitioning to a thriving green economy. Within Mayor Wu’s first few months in office, she has signed her first ordinance to divest City-funds from the fossil fuel, tobacco, and private prison industries, and has taken transformative steps to enhance connectivity in Boston while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Speaking of The Earthshot Prize coming to the City of Boston, Mayor Wu said:
“We are honoured and excited that Boston has been selected to host the 2022 Earthshot Awards. This is an opportunity to shine a global spotlight on our efforts to combat climate change and demonstrate that, together, we can meet the urgency this moment demands with innovative solutions that protect our planet and future generations.”
The announcement comes on the anniversary of the moon landings – the realisation of President John F. Kennedy’s ‘Moonshot’ which acts as a constant source of inspiration to The Earthshot Prize given its belief in the power of human ingenuity.
Ambassador Caroline Kennedy said:
“There is no more important Moonshot today than repairing the planet and no better place to harness the Moonshot spirit than the City of Boston.”
“The Earth is at a tipping point and we face a stark choice: either we continue as we are and irreparably damage our planet, or we remember our unique power as human beings and our continual ability to lead, innovate and problem-solve. People can achieve great things. The next ten years present us with one of our greatest tests – a decade of action to repair the Earth.” – Prince William
The Earthshot Prize is awarded to five winners each year for their contributions to environmentalism. It was first awarded in 2021 and is planned to run annually until 2030. Each winner receives a grant of £1 million to continue their environmental work. The Earthshot Prize is about much more than awarding achievement – it is a decade of action to convene the environmental world with funders, businesses and individuals to maximise impact and take solutions to scale, to celebrate the people and places driving change; and to inspire people all over the world to work together to repair the planet.
The Earthshot Prize has been to designed to find and grow the solutions that will repair our planet this decade. We face our greatest challenge; to regenerate the place we all call home in the next ten years. We believe in the power of human ingenuity to prove to us all that the seemingly impossible is possible.