The Earthshot Prize, the global environmental prize founded by Prince William in 2020, today announced its performer and presenter line up for the second annual awards ceremony to be taped in Boston on Friday, 2 December.
Award-winning broadcaster, podcaster and television presenter Clara Amfo returns for a second year to co-host the awards alongside actor, producer and director Daniel Dae Kim.
The five Winners of The Earthshot Prize will be announced by a line-up of presenters including The Princess of Wales; Academy Award-Winning actor Rami Malek; actor, screenwriter and comedian Catherine O’Hara and actor and advocate Shailene Woodley. Each winning solution will be awarded £1 million in prize funding to help support and scale their innovations, with the potential to repair our planet.
The ceremony will also feature natural historian and Member of The Earthshot Prize Council, Sir David Attenborough. The Prince of Wales will deliver remarks at the end of the ceremony.
This year’s awards will feature unforgettable performances from Singer-Songwriter and activist Annie Lennox; Grammy award-winning Singer-Songwriter Billie Eilish accompanied by her brother and creative partner, FINNEAS; R&B duo Chloe x Halle and platinum selling artist and activist Ellie Goulding.
Clara Amfo says: “What an honour to return for a second time to host The Earthshot Prize awards, this time from America! I was so inspired by last year's Winners, and I’m looking forward to celebrating and sharing the incredible work of the 2022 Finalists with the world."
Ellie Goulding says: “I am a big supporter of the Prince of Wales’ passion for the environment and share in The Earthshot Prize’s mission to protect and restore our planet. I am particularly excited for viewers around the world to learn about the innovative solutions presented by this year’s cohort of Finalists.”
Daniel Dae Kim says: “I’m honoured to be co-hosting this year’s Earthshot Prize. The ground-breaking, innovative work of the 2022 Finalists leaves me inspired and hopeful that we can solve the significant challenges facing us today. Whether it's taking care of our planet or healing our communities, each of us can and must step up to do our part. Thank you to this year’s Finalists for leading the way.”
Annie Lennox says: "The urgent need to protect and restore our Earth’s damaged environmental systems is essential for future survival. The objective of The Earthshot Prize is powerful in terms of building a ‘Waste-Free World’ and ‘Reviving Our Oceans.’ I’m therefore honoured to lend my voice in support of this ambitious mission.”
Rami Malek says: “The fifteen Finalists of this year's Earthshot Prize are deeply inspiring. They are dedicating their lives to building solutions that will repair our planet, and I can’t wait to present an award to one of the incredible Winners for 2022.”
Catherine O’Hara says: “Repairing our planet is one of the most important things we can do in our lifetimes. The passion and ambition of this year’s Earthshot Finalists is much needed in a world of such turmoil, and I am truly honoured to play a role in helping them share their work with the world.”
Shailene Woodley says: “It is an honour to be a presenter at this year’s Earthshot Prize Awards. The Finalists are extraordinary, and I am thrilled to play a part in helping to spotlight their incredible solutions and the inspiring work they do every day.”
PBS, BBC and Multichoice will be the exclusive broadcast homes for this year’s event, which will celebrate the chosen climate entrepreneurs and environmental innovators with story-telling and extraordinary performances. Produced by BBC Studios, this year’s event will be recorded at MGM Music Hall at Fenway.
“We are delighted that PBS will be the US broadcast home for The Earthshot Prize ceremony,” said Paula Kerger, President and CEO, PBS. “We support the mission of The Earthshot Prize and are looking forward to creating year-round content that showcases the work of the individuals and teams who are working to protect the planet with breakthrough innovations.”
“I’m excited that the BBC is once again working with Prince William to bring The Earthshot Prize to British viewers,” said Jack Bootle, Head of Commissioning, Specialist Factual, BBC. “Last year’s ceremony won a BAFTA for Best Live Event: it was a festival of hope and human ingenuity, filled with big-name stars and brilliant musical acts. This year’s will be every bit as spectacular. There couldn’t be a better time to showcase surprising new solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental problems.”
“We are honoured to be able to make a meaningful contribution to create a sustainable future through our broadcast partnership with The Earthshot Prize. This partnership will enable us not only to educate communities across our 50 markets in Africa on climate change, but to also encourage innovators to pitch their solutions, inspire other corporates to join the fight against climate change and to motivate governments to prioritize climate change as part of their national agendas and of course to celebrate the 15 incredible finalists of 2022, proudly including two from Africa,” said Imtiaz Patel, MultiChoice Group Executive Chairman.
Inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s “Moonshot” challenge that pioneered space travel in the 1960s, The Earthshot Prize is an ambitious global environmental prize which aims to discover and scale the best solutions to help repair our planet within the remainder of this decade.
Every year, The Earthshot Prize will find and reward solutions to five “Earthshot” goals – Protect and Restore Nature; Clean Our Air; Revive Our Oceans; Build A Waste-Free World and Fix Our Climate. These winning solutions will have the greatest impact on the biggest environmental challenges facing our planet and winners and finalists will have access to a global support network to scale their work.
The ceremony will air on Sunday, 4 December at 5.30pm GMT on BBC and will begin streaming from The Earthshot Prize YouTube channel later that evening.
The Earthshot Prize ceremony is produced by BBC Studios Events Productions.