Your solution to legal problems

US journalist receives the Sofie Prize

BillmckibbenThe Sofie Prize 2013 is awarded to US journalist Bill McKibben for building a social movement, fighting to preserve a sustainable planet.


The Sophie Prize is an international award (US $ 100,000), for environment and sustainable development, awarded annually. The Sophie Prize is established to inspire people working towards a sustainable future. The Prize was established in 1997 by the Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder and his wife Siri Dannevig.

The jury says that "To push through the changes needed, the Sophie Prize Winner 2013 believes in “the currencies of movement”. Bill McKibben demonstrates how grassroots activism is urgently needed AND can make a difference."

Bill McKibben (1960) is the award-winning American journalist, author and environmentalist who became one of the world’s leading climate activist. In the past few years he has been animating and mobilizing a global movement based on the conviction that if we are to stay below 2°C of warming, we can emit less than 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide. Fossil fuel corporations have more than five times that amount in reserves.

“Unless we rise up to stop them – they’re planning to burn it all”, McKibben says.

The Sophie Prize Winner 2013 has spent his working career informing people of climate change through news articles, opinion editorials, blog posts and a number of books. McKibben is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

His first book The Nature (1989) is recognized as the first popular book on climate change. In 2010 he published Eaarth: Making a Life on a tough New Planet, describing the onset of climate change: “We’ve built a new Eaarth. It’s not as nice as the old one; it’s the greatest mistake humans have ever made, one that we will pay literally forever. We live on a new planet. But we have to live on it. So we better start understanding what is going on”.

In spite of strong warnings from scientists that this planet is in unprecedented peril, politics have not changed. McKibben blames the overwhelming power of the fossil-fuel industry.

This year’s Sophie Prize Winner underlines, however, that fast collective action is urgently needed to avoid an increase in temperature that our civilization can’t handle.

“One could despair, and one probably should. But I’m not quite ready, because I don’t think all the available avenues of democratic influence have been tried”.

“Climate change is the single biggest thing humans have ever done on this planet. The only thing that needs to be bigger is our movement to stop it”, Bill McKibben writes.

This year's Sophie Prize will be the last awarded, since the fund has now been depleted.

(NRK/Press release)




Related Articles

The Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony

Today, Tuesday, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) received the Nobel Peace Prize 2013 at a ceremony in the Oslo City Hall. The Prize was accepted by OPWC Director Ahmet Üzümcü. (Updated) ..Read more...

Nobel Prize winner: "It gives us enormous moral support."

Director General Ahmet Üzümcü will Tuesday afternoon receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of OPCW at the award ceremony at the Oslo City Hall...Read more...

Fred Kavli has died

  Norwegian/American philanthropist and business leader Fred Kavli has passed away at the age of 86...Read more...

The OPCW awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2013

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2013 is to be awarded to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), - for its extensive work to eliminate chemical weapons...Read more...

15-year-old Malala nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

altFriday was the nomination deadline for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. One of the hottest candidates is a 15-year-old student from Pakistan. ..Read more...

Oslo prepares for Nobel Peace Prize ceremony

While the winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize arrived in Oslo Sunday, several politicians participated in a torchlight demonstration against what they call an unworthy winner. ..Read more...

Hollywood duo will host the Peace Prize concert

Actors Gerard Butler (43) and Sarah Jessica Parker (47) will host this year's Peace Prize Concert in Oslo on December 11. ..Read more...

Rafto Prize 2012 presented Sunday

The winner of the 2012 Rafto Prize, Bassey from Nigeria was presented with the prize at an awatrd ceremony at the National Stage in Bergen on Sunday.   ..Read more...

Norway divided over Peace Prize award

In Norway, only one out of four is positive to the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union, according to a poll made for Aftenposten by ResponsAnalyse . ..Read more...

The EU awarded Nobel Peace Prize 2012

  The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2012 to the European Union (EU). (With new material)   ..Read more...

The Rafto Prize 2012 to Nigerian environmentalist

The Rafto Prize 2012 has been awarded to Nnimmo Bassey from Nigeria. Mr Bassey is Chair of the Executive Committee of Friends of the Earth International. ..Read more...

Children's Holmenkollen Sunday

The Children's Homlenkollen Sunday (Barnas Holmenkollen Søndag) on Sunday March 4th, is said to be the World's largest ski event for children. ..Read more...

Nominations for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has received valid nominations of 231 different individuals and organizations for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2012, ten fewer than last year's record number. ..Read more...

Cross Country: Northug greatest also in Sweden

Norway's cross country ace, Petter Northug, has been chosen top sportsman of the year in Sweden by the Swedish newspaper Expressen. ..Read more...

The Nobel Prize award ceremony on Saturday

King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Pince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit  joined representatives of the Norwegian Government in the packed Oslo City Hall to honour the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize at the Award Ceremony on Saturday. (With new material) ..Read more...

62 Degrees North

Sea Safari

Let the adrenalin flow during our exiting sea safari in an open rapid RIB boat. Discover Ålesund from the sea. Visit seal colonies and experience puffins and eagles at the See details

Brosundet Lighthouse

Hotel Brosundet is small and intimate with only 47 rooms. The jewel in our treasury-box is Room 47. Only a few minutes walk from the hotel lies the old and See details

Storfjord Hotel

Storfjord Hotel is a secluded luxury hotel situated in Øvre Glomset, 30 km east of Ålesund, on a hillside overlooking the Storfjord and the Sunnmøre Alps. Ever since it opened See details

Kayaking in Brosundet

A surprisingly large number of Norway’s most stunning natural attractions are concentrated around 62 degrees north latitude. Our company, 62˚Nord is a local company, with the intimate local knowledge necessary See details

Summer Trip

Join a tour with a comfortable sightseeing boat to the wild and majestic Hjørundfjord, with stunning views of mountains and fjords at their most spectacular! The meeting between the torn See details

Local News in Brief

Social Networking


Should Norway apply for the 2022 Winter Olympics ?

2012 Norsk Polarinstitutt


Help to solve legal problems ?
62 degrees north
Munch 150 years
Help to solve legal problems ?
Norsk Romsenter