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Bill McKibben’s Sophie Prize Win For Climate Change Activism

By Staff (AP) - May 28, 2013

American environmentalist Bill McKibben has won the $100,000 Sophie Prize for being a mobilizing force in the fight against global warming.

The award committee commended McKibben for “building a global, social movement, fighting to preserve a sustainable planet.”

McKibben, born in 1960, has written widely about the impact of global warming. In 2008, he founded 350.org, an international movement aimed at solving the climate crisis with representatives in some 190 countries.

The annual Sophie Prize was created in 1997 to reward efforts for a sustainable future. The winner is selected by a Norwegian cultural committee, which said Tuesday that the award ceremony will be held in October in Oslo.