Singer Billie Eilish will lead an stellar lineup for the Prince of Wales Earthshot Awards ceremony hosted by the US city of Boston.
William and Kate flew to the US this week for a three-day trip that culminated on Friday with the prince’s “Super Bowl” moment – the award he founded to explore and expand environmental solutions to planet repair.
Eilish will headline the entertainment, which includes Annie Lennox, Ellie Goulding and Beyonce defending Chloe x Halle, performing at the MGM Music Hall in Boston.
A royal source said: “The awards have become the prince’s Superbowl moment of the year and he looks forward to continuing to use the platform each year to shed light on some of the biggest impact projects going on. do great things around the world to save us. the future of the planet.”
The Earthshot Prize is in its second year and William spoke about the project with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier this week during a state visit to the UK.
Among the 15 finalists competing for the £1 million prize awarded to each of the five winners in this category, there is a cleaner incinerator initiative in Kenya and a bubble barrier built implemented in the Netherlands to prevent plastic from entering the ocean.
There are also first-time finalists from the UK, with two entries from the UK already selected.
Notpla Hard Material – a startup run by Pierre Paslier and Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez in London – makes seaweed and plant-based packaging as an alternative to single-use plastic, and has produced more than a million food boxes Biodegradable take-out for the company Just Eat.
Another UK finalist – Low Carbon Materials, based in County Durham – uses non-recyclable plastic waste to create traditional carbon-free concrete blocks.
A royal source said: “Inclusivity is an important part of Earthshot’s mission. This year’s nominees are drawn from every corner of the planet, truly showcasing the best of human ingenuity. From Indigenous leadership in Australia to women-led solutions in Kenya, diverse stories and solutions are at the heart of the award.
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“Inclusivity will also be an important part of the broader trip – during our stay in Boston, the prince and princess will meet local leaders based in Boston.”
Broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, a supporter of the Earthshot Awards since its inception, will voice the show’s opening sequence while Oscar-winning actress and Earthshot jury member Cate Blanchett will narrate. the winners of 2021.
Actor Rami Malek, who plays singer Freddie Mercury in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, will present the award alongside actress Catherine O’Hara, who starred in Home Alone, and actress cum laureate. Environmental activist Shailene Woodley.
Malek said before the ceremony: “This year’s 15 Earthshot Awards finalists have been deeply inspirational. They are devoting their lives to building solutions that help repair our planet and I can’t wait to be awarded one of the Incredible Winners for 2022.”
“The urgent need to protect and restore damaged environmental systems on our Earth is essential for future survival,” said Annie Lennox. The goals of the Earthshot Awards are strong in terms of building a zero-waste world and revitalizing our oceans. Therefore, I am honored to contribute my voice to support this ambitious mission.”
William and Kate were also keen to meet members of the many local communities during their visit to a city known for its Irish community, sporting heritage and history.
The couple are said to be excited about their first international trip since becoming the Prince and Princess of Wales, a title with a long history, but they are keen to forge their own path.
During their visit, William and Kate will attend a special event with the Mayor of Boston, Michelle Wu, and the prince will visit the John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum with Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the former President.
The prince and princess will learn about the work local organizations are doing to reduce the risk of sea level rise in Boston, and as they tour Greentown Labs, in the nearby town of Somerville, they will gain insight. more on the development of creative blue. technology.
At the site of Roca, a non-profit that supports disadvantaged young people, they will hear about the problems they face and Kate, who founded the Royal Childhood Center in 2021, will visit the Center for Developing Children at Harvard University.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/billie-eilish-to-headline-williams-earthshot-prize-awards-ceremony-in-boston-42178411.html Billie Eilish topped the William’s Earthshot Prize in Boston