NEW YORK ― New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Queen Rania of Jordan paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II at Prince William’s Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit on Wednesday, two days after they attended the late monarch’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey.
The queen was “someone who was focused, committed and demonstrated what could be achieved when you show fortitude and longevity,” Ardern stated on the kickoff occasion for this yr’s Earthshot Prize Awards, which is able to happen on Dec. 2 in Boston.
“We need all those same characteristics to take on all of the environmental challenges ahead of us,” Ardern added.
The Prince of Wales launched the environmental awards in 2020, aiming to advertise and fund options to assist the planet over the following decade.
He didn’t attend this yr’s summit following the dying of his grandmother, as a result of the royal interval of mourning extends to subsequent week.
Ardern stated that she was “humbled” to have been requested to talk on the prince’s behalf.
“I am an exceptionally poor substitute” for the prince, Ardern stated, including that he would be a part of the summit by way of a digital message. “But we all understand the need for His Royal Highness to be with his family at this time.”
Queen Rania, a member of the Earthshot Prize Council, started her speech on Wednesday by thanking William “for his leadership and vision, which he is always committed to seeing through, much like his late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.”
“She set the bar incredibly high with her deep sense of duty and resilience,” Jordan’s queen stated. “May she rest in eternal peace.”
The Prince of Wales will journey to Boston later this yr for the 2022 Earthshot Prize Awards. Hannah Jones, CEO of the Earthshot Prize, informed HuffPost that folks can count on leisure and inspiration out of the December awards present. Final yr, the present featured performances from Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Shawn Mendes, Nigerian singer Yemi Alade and English rapper KSI.
“Above all, you’re going to see solutions that will spark your imagination and make you really feel urgency and optimism that we have it within our reach to make change happen,” Jones stated in an interview on the Plaza Lodge, including that Earthshot actually goals to “be the antidote to climate anxiety.”
“We want people to realize, yes, we all need to be worried. There is a climate crisis and there are so many really challenging issues happening in the world right now,” she stated. “But there is an entire movement out there that we don’t see yet of people dedicating their lives and their thinking and their talent to fixing the world’s problems and coming up with solutions.”
Jones stated she hopes this yr’s awards program “gives everybody inspiration and it rekindles that American mindset of turning the seemingly impossible possible.”
Jones stated the initiative “couldn’t be more thrilled” to have the awards present in Boston this yr, given the “great source of inspiration” Earthshot drew from President John F. Kennedy, who was born within the Boston space.
“It’s the 60th anniversary, as you know, of the ‘Moonshot,’” she stated. “And that was really a great source of inspiration to Prince William when he founded the Earthshot Prize, which was to try to inspire what President Kennedy inspired in the American people.”
The previous president unleashed “a wave of innovation that would not just get a man on the moon and bring them home safely, but actually change economic and social progress for good, but also that mindset that went with it,” Jones stated.