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 attending Prince William’s state funeral. late monarch in Westminster Abbey.
The queen was “someone who was focused, committed and showed what can be achieved when you show strength and longevity,” Ardern said at the launch event for this year’s Earthshot Prize Awards, which will take place on December 1. . 2 in Boston.
“We need all of those same characteristics to take on all the environmental challenges that lie ahead,” added Ardern.
The Prince of Wales launched the Environment Awards in 2020, with the aim of promoting and funding solutions to help the planet over the next decade.
She did not attend this year’s summit after the death of her grandmother, because the actual period of mourning runs until next week.
Ardern said she was “honored” to be asked to speak on behalf of the prince.
“I am an exceptionally poor substitute” for the prince, Ardern said, adding that he would join the summit via virtual 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, began her speech on Wednesday by thanking William “for his leadership and vision, which he is always committed to delivering, just like his late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.”
“He set the bar incredibly high with his deep sense of duty and resilience,” the Jordan queen said. “May you rest in eternal peace.”
The Prince of Wales will travel to Boston later this year for the 2022 Earthshot Prize Awards. Hannah Jones, CEO of the Earthshot Prize, told HuffPost that people can expect entertainment and inspiration from the December awards show. Last year the show outstanding performances by Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Shawn Mendes, Nigerian singer Yemi Alade and English rapper KSI.
“Most of all, you’re going to see solutions that will spark your imagination and make you feel the urgency and optimism that we have it in our grasp to make change happen,” Jones said in an interview at the Plaza Hotel, adding that Earthshot really It aims to “be the antidote to climate anxiety.”
“We want people to realize, yes, we should all be concerned. There is a climate crisis and there are a lot of really challenging issues that are going on in the world right now,” she said. “But there’s a whole movement out there that we don’t see yet of people devoting their lives, their thinking and their talents to solving the world’s problems and finding solutions.”
Jones said he hopes this year’s awards show will “inspire everyone and rekindle the American mindset of making the seemingly impossible possible.”
Jones said the initiative “couldn’t be more excited” to have the awards show in Boston this year, given the “huge source of inspiration” Earthshot drew from President John F. Kennedy, who was born in the Boston area.
“It’s the 60th anniversary, as you know, of the ‘moon shot,'” she said. “And that was really a huge source of inspiration for Prince William when he founded the Earthshot Prize, which was to try to inspire what President Kennedy inspired in the American people.”
The former president unleashed “a wave of innovation that would not only put a man on the moon and get him home safely, but would actually change economic and social progress forever, but also that mindset that went with it,” Jones said. .