Woodwell and partners join climate leaders at Earthshot Prize

President & CEO Dr. Max Holmes on Host Organizing Committee for 2022 Boston awards ceremony

This Friday, Dr. Max Holmes, President and CEO of Woodwell Climate, will join climate and clean energy leaders from throughout Massachusetts as a member of the Boston Host Committee to celebrate the awarding of the second annual Earthshot Prize. The ambitious global environmental prize—founded in 2020 by Prince William and The Royal Foundation, and inspired by John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Shot”—aims to incentivize urgent climate action by awarding funding to winning climate solutions across five “Earthshot” goals: Protect and restore nature; Clean our air; Revive our oceans; Build a waste-free world; and Fix our climate.

“Just two weeks ago, the international climate community gathered in Egypt to commit to urgently needed action to accelerate just decarbonization, limit global warming, prepare for inevitable impacts of climate change, and mitigate the worst of the climate crisis,” said Dr. Holmes. “It is essential that we come together to build and invest in scalable, natural climate solutions that can address the challenges we face, and I’m proud to be a part of the Earthshot Prize that is shining an important spotlight on the talented and innovative leaders who are bringing these solutions to life.”

Dr. Holmes will be joined at the ceremony by Heather McMann, of Groundwork USA, and Iliana Panameno, of Greenroots Chelsea, two of Woodwell’s partner organizations in their work to assess the local risk that climate change poses to municipalities around the world–including Lawrence and Chelsea, Massachusetts. These partnerships are part of Woodwell’s efforts to broaden access to actionable climate risk insights that can inform effective, community-driven solutions to foster climate resilience and ensure that municipal climate policies are developed through a climate justice lens.

Attendees of this year’s ceremony include Prince William and Princess Kate Middleton, as well as a diverse roster of activists and celebrities from around the world, both attending as guests and performing at the event. The ceremony will celebrate fifteen global finalists, including  the five Earthshot Prize winners. The event will be available to stream on Monday, December 5th, at 2:00 pm EST on PBS.org and the PBS App, and at 8:00 pm EST on the PBS YouTube channel. It will also be broadcast on PBS on Wednesday, December 14th at 8:00 pm EST.

Additional information about the event can be found here: https://www.jfklibrary.org/events-and-awards/the-earthshot-prize-boston-2022