Apparently, were still talking about Prince Williams TED Talk from last year?
This is confusing! Prince William did a big TED Talk last year about his keen Earthshot Prize. He appeared virtually, so it’s basically just a seven-minute video with William saying words about the environment and how he’s very keen to do something environmental. The winners of the Earthshot Prize will be announced in October, and so Earthshot is doing a “countdown” which includes a video from William’s TED Talk where he’s talking about John F. Kennedy’s Moonshot mission.
Prince William shared the innovative inspiration behind his own Earthshot initiative: President John F. Kennedy. Since the prince was a boy, the iconic American president has been a subject of fascination thanks to Kennedy’s historically bold Moonshot mission to send a man to space in record time.
“Humans have an extraordinary capacity to set goals and strive to achieve them,” William shared in a TED Talk released Monday as part of a countdown to his Earthshot Prize ceremony in October. “I’ve long been inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 mission to put a man on the moon within a decade. He named it the Moonshot. It seemed crazy. We’d only just launched the first satellite. Putting a man on the moon that quickly seemed impossible,” said William, 39.
But Kennedy inspired people “to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills. In taking that giant leap for mankind, the team behind the Moonshot united millions of people around the world — that this crazy ambition wasn’t so crazy after all.”
According to the Duke of Cambridge, this kind of ambition continues to be critical as we “start this new decade knowing that it is the most consequential period in history. If we do not act in this decade, the damage that we have done will be irreversible. And the effects felt not just by future generations but by all of us alive today. And what’s more, this damage will not be felt equally by everyone. It is the most vulnerable, those with the fewest resources and those who’ve done the least to cause climate change who will be impacted the most.”
And so the prince is hoping to do his part by spearheading Earthshot, which seeks to find new solutions to the issues facing the planet. According to William’s TED Talk today, through “a set of ambitious objectives for the planet, the Earthshot goals seek to protect and restore nature, clean the air, revive oceans, build a waste-free world and fix the climate — all in the next decade.”
On October 17, recipients of the first-ever Earthshot prize will each receive about $1.4 million (£1 million) at a ceremony attended by William at London’s Alexandra Palace.
The video below was obviously recorded last year and they just re-released it for some reason yesterday. Yesterday afternoon. A few hours after the Windsors learned about Prince Harry’s memoir. Coincidence? Or is this just William wanting credit several times over for something he did last year? Anyway… William is no John F. Kennedy. The only thing they have in common is that they were both serial philanderers. Can’t wait for Kate to cosplay Jackie Kennedy though. Do you think Kate will even be invited to the Earthshot ceremony?
Watch Prince William's full talk here: https://t.co/l2Wiqg3do5 pic.twitter.com/brSQWHfemq
— TEDCountdown (@TEDCountdown) July 19, 2021
Photos courtesy of TED Talk screencaps.
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