1. Why add a Nobel Climate Change Prize ?
In his will, Alfred Nobel specified that the prizes were given for work that was « for the greatest benefit to humankind ». There is no greater benefit to mankind that to mitigate and adapt to humanity’s most imminent threat : climate change.
See here for the executive summary of the UN special report.
2. Why are we (the people) legitimate to ask for such prize ?
Everyone is a climate change expert : we are all starting to experience climate change with increases of drought, rains, wildfires and extreme weather.
We are all citizens of the Earth : Climate change is a global issue that should unite all of us. Having the prize created through a global petition is a concrete step towards building a global conscience around the fight against climate change.
3. Why do we need 1M+ votes ?
After the addition in 1968 of the Nobel Prize in Economics, the Board of the Nobel Prize decided that no new Nobel Prize would be added. This is a decision that the board can reverse at anytime, but we need to show the Nobel Prize Board the amazing support a new Nobel prize for the Fight Against Climate Change has. Nobel Prize gives an exposure like no other to important issues and outstanding contributions to the fight against Climate Change should be one of the prizes supported by the Nobel Foundation.
4. Why alternate between Prizes recognizing Adaptation and Mitigation against Climate Change every year?
The fight against Climate Change is two-pronged. First we need to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions down to 0 metric tons (Mitigation). Second we need to adapt to the changes that are already occurring like rising sea levels and temperature variations (Adaptation).
A few examples of Mitigation : development of hydrogen battery and of electric means of transportation, increase renewable energy, carbon capture and storage, and many others.
A few examples of Adaptation : reforestation, crop and livelihood diversification, adoption of soil and water conservation measures, building of shoreline defences against rising seas, and many others.
Those two battlefronts require different types of actions and research, and should be given the spotlight equally.
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