Alternative Nobel prize for founder

Bill McKibben, founder of will be one of the recipients of this year’s Right Livelihood Awards, often called the “Alternative Nobel prize”.  The motivation reads “…for mobilising growing popular support in the USA and around the world for strong action to counter the threat of global climate change.”

Originally a journalist, McKibben is the author of several books. His first book, “The End of Nature”, published in 1989, is considered to be one of the first-ever books written to inform a general audience about climate change. He began to devote more and more of his time to activism in the early 2000s.

Ahead of the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009 he founded campaign to draw attention to the need to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 ppm to avoid catastrophic global warming. Since then, the organisation has conducted several more climate campaigns that have mobilised millions of people and had a global reach.

“This recognition of our efforts comes at a perfect moment after the remarkable success of the People’s Climate March and as we start the strongest push yet against the fossil fuel industry and the politicians it has purchased,” said McKibben in a press release.


Source: Right Livelihood Award webpage, Press release 24 September 2014

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