The Sophie Prize
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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 by the Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder and his wife Siri Dannevig.
Voluntary organisations, independent research institutions and individual’s worldwide, with knowledge or interest in environment and/or sustainable development or other closely related topics, can nominate candidates for the Sophie Prize.
The Sophie Prize is awarded to one or several persons, or an organisation, which has created awareness of alternatives to modern-day development and/or initiated such alternatives in a pioneering or particularly inventive manner.
Who can Nominate:
Voluntary organisations, institutions and individuals worldwide, with knowledge or interest in environment and/or sustainable development are welcome to nominate candidates for the Sophie Prize.
Candidate's nominated by them selves or by their staff or by honorary officers will not be taken into consideration.
Who Can Be Nominated:
The Sophie Prize will be awarded to an individual or an organisation that in a pioneering or a particularly creative way, has pointed to alternatives to the present development and/or put such alternatives into practice.
What kind of change of consciousness is needed?
What is sustainable wisdom?
What qualities of life are the most important?
What important alternative measures must be implemented now?
What kind of mobilisation of people is needed in the “global village”?
The recipient of The Sophie Prize will have sought a challenging answer to one or several of the questions above and thus contributed to setting them on the international agenda.
Concerning fair distribution of resources and global environment and development issues, we will distinguish between what is (seen to be) possible to achieve in the short run and what is truly necessary in the long run.
The Sophie Prize will honour efforts to promote changes in the world that are necessary in a long-term perspective.
Deadline: 1st November each year.
For more information and application, visit: The Sophie Prize Contest Website