On December 2nd, four Save the Harbor/Save the Bay staff members attended the second annual Earshot Prize Awards at the MGM Music Hall in Boston. Founded in 2020 by Prince William and the Royal Foundation, the prize honors startups, entrepreneurs, and businesses who have solutions to the climate crisis.
The Boston Harbor Women of Color Coalition (BHWOCC), founded by Save the Harbor staff members Joye Williams and Maya Smith, was part of the host committee for Friday's event.
"The Boston Harbor Women of Color Coalition was absolutely honored to join the Earthshot Host Committee," said Joye Williams, Director of Operations at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and Co-founder of BHWOCC. "It was gratifying and awe-inspiring to witness the global innovative work being done to repair our planet. Their work makes us optimistic about the future and has reenergized our own commitment to our shared environment."
"It was such an honor to attend The Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony,” said María Rodriguez Ortega, Public Policy Coordinator at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. “My experience attending this event felt inspiring and hopeful for a climate-resilient Earth. The innovative work being done by the finalists and winners in the 5 different categories is crucial to making a global impact toward reducing our carbon emissions by 2030."
Prince William and Princess Kate were on-site, hosting the event. Other notable celebrity appearances were from Rami Malek, Catherine O'Hara, Shailene Woodley and David Beckham, with live performances by Annie Lennox, Chloe x Halle, and Ellie Goulding.
The winners of the Earthshot prize were Mukuru Clean Stoves, for bringing clean stoves to Kenya to reduce air pollution, Kheyti, for creating modular greenhouses for farmers in India, The Queensland Indigenous Women Rangers Network, for training women in modern conservation techniques in Austrailia, Notpla, for creating biodegradable seaweed-based packaging in the U.K., and The 44.01 Project, for turning Co2 emissions into igneous rock in Oman.
Malene Welch, Save the Harbor Board Member and Co-founder of BHWOCC was also present at the event.
"The Earthshot Prize award finalists are doing vital work protecting and restoring nature, cleaning our air, reviving our oceans, building a waste-free world, and fixing our climate," Welch said. "Hearing about their solutions and the stories behind them makes me optimistic about the future of our planet and re-energized to get back to work on local solutions with the Boston Harbor Women of Color Coalition and Save the Harbor/Save the Bay."