By Nayla Azzinnari
From the city of Stockholm, where he attended to receive the 2014 “Alternative Nobel Prize”, the founder of the international organization 350.org, Bill McKibben, spoke about Latin America and how the region is affected by climate change .
“From the disappearance of the glaciers in the Andes to the brutal droughts of 2014 or the unprecedented floods caused by the recent super storms, Latin America is undoubtedly one of the great victims of climate change and an important leader in our fight to stop it ”.
McKibben, who is also a writer and educator, added that “across the region, numerous communities are at the very forefront of the climate movement, ensuring that politicians act responsibly and advocating for solutions that can rid the continent of the presence of fossil fuels in the future".
The award ceremony for the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”, was held today in the Swedish Parliament, in the city of Stockholm. McKibben received the award "for harnessing action and support from a global popular movement that seeks to confront the global threat of climate change."
“This award truly belongs to the enormous number of people who have joined the largest movement in the history of the planet.
On every continent, regardless of religion or origin, people are today fighting hand-in-hand to emerge victorious from the first global challenge the planet has ever faced, "McKibben declared.
In this edition, the 35th since the awards were founded in 1980, human rights activists Asma Jahangir (Pakistan) and Basil Fernando of the Asian Human Rights Commission (Hong Kong, China) were also honored. They are joined by former US security agency informant Edward Snowden (United States) and British editor of The Guardian newspaper, Alan Rusbridger, who share an honorary award.
The monetary prize corresponding to the McKibben award will be used to finance the work of 350.org and its partner organizations: “This money will be used to support the various struggles that 350.org has open against the fossil fuel industry around the world. , from Australia to Alberta. We still have a little to go to match Exxon's capital, but since most of us - myself included - are volunteers, the money will last a long time. "
About Bill McKibben He is one of the world's great environmental leaders.
In 1988 he wrote The End of Nature, considered the first popular science book on global warming. In the last decade, he founded and promoted the first global grassroots movement focused on fighting climate change. Structured around the 350.org organization, this movement has spread public awareness and mobilized political support for urgent action to tackle the climate crisis. More information at http://www.rightlivelihood.org/fileadmin/Files/PDF/Biographies_translated/2014/BMK_ES.pdf About 350.org 350 is the last red line for human beings, the most important figure for the planet. The latest scientific research reveals that unless we manage to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will be causing irreversible damage to the environment. However, despite the dramatic situation, there are solutions: a movement is organizing around the world to face the climate crisis, take humanity out of the danger zone and place CO2 in the atmosphere below 350 parts per million.
This movement is huge, heterogeneous and visionary.
We are activists, experts and scientists. We are leaders in our businesses, our churches, our governments, and our schools. We are advocates of clean energy, forward-thinking politicians, and fearless revolutionaries.
And we are united, around the world, working to make our planet a livable place for future generations. More information at http://350.org/en/ About the Right Livelihood Awards The Right Livelihood Awards honor and support those individuals and institutions that offer practical and exemplary responses to the most urgent challenges we face today. The awards, popularly known as the "Alternative Nobel Prizes" were founded in 1980 and, with this edition, have distinguished a total of 158 laureates from 65 countries.
The handover ceremony takes place every year at the seat of the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm.
The Right Livelihood Award is generally shared by four recipients, although not all laureates receive a financial award. The jury often awards an honorary award to a person or group whose work deserves recognition, but whose financial needs are met.
More information at http://www.rightlivelihood.org/summary_spanish.html