Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Prince William at the Earthshot Prize ceremony
After two years spent at the Royal Foundation of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Earthshot Prize officially became an independent charity on Friday. Prince William will assume the role of chairman.
Four new directors – Conservation International CEO Mr Sanjayan, former Royal Foundation CEO Jason Knauf, former Deputy Private Secretary to Prince William Zoe Ware and former Private Secretary to Prince William Jean Christophe Gray – have all were appointed to the board of directors. They join President Christiana Figueres, Vice President David Fein and Founding Director ‘Tokunboh Ishmael.
Figueres said: “This is an extremely exciting step for the Earthshot Prize and we are delighted to welcome the new trustees to our board. This year, the prize will deliver its most important work yet as we continue to accelerate and expand the field. breaking work from our 2021 finalists, while scouting for this year’s winners. We are deeply grateful for the years of thought leadership, bold creativity and ambitious design by the Royal Foundation team in creating the Earthshot Prize, and we look forward to the next few years of continued partnership.”
Joe Maher/Getty Prince William and Kate Middleton
Inspired by President John F. Kennedythe famous 10-year goal of landing on the moon (known as Moon shot), the Earthshot Prize aims to promote impactful approaches to the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.
“The urgency of the situation cannot be overstated,” said William told PEOPLE exclusively following the Earthshot Prize Inaugural Ceremony in October. “But through the Earthshot Prize, I want to show people around the world why there is reason for hope.”
“Seeing the incredible solutions that have been developed by the first winners of the Prize – and all our finalists – shows us that the answers are out there,” said the Duke of Cambridge, 40. “By acknowledging these efforts and supporting them and adapting them to be the best they can be, we can inspire confidence that a A healthier and more sustainable future is within our grasp.”
According to Knauf, “The challenge the Duke set himself was: ‘What is the maximum positive personal contribution I can make over the next 10 years in the fight against climate change? What am I going to do in the next decade that means I can look my kids in the eye and say I’ve done my part? Every aspect of the Prize bears the stamp of his contribution.”
Prince William has announced that the 2022 Earthshot Prize will be held in the United States.