Could a Nobel Peace Prize Speed Up Climate Talks?

nobel-peace-prizeGuardians of the Nobel Peace Prize are getting creative in their attempt to speed up sluggish talks about climate. According to a Reuters report, the guardians are considering awarding an environmental Prize this year in order to prep world leaders for December’s UN Climate Conference and influence politicians dragging their feet on climate change. The thing is, the award would come just two years after the one awarded in 2007 (another was awarded in 2004). Would awarding another environmental Prize so soon have the desired effect?

Granting topical awards (e.g. environment, disarmament, human rights) to influence world events is an established tactic of the five-member Nobel Peace Prize panel. While some wonder whether handing out three environment awards in four years is excessive, others say the timing couldn’t be better. The prize would be announced on December 9th and handed over on the 10th – the anniversary of founder Alfred Nobel’s death – all amidst the Copenhagen Conference occurring between December 7th and 18th.

Nonetheless, skeptics wonder whether environment has enough to do with peace and whether there are more pressing issues to address. Others don’t rate this year’s candidates as highly as 2007’s, which included Al Gore and the U.N. Climate Panel.

What are your thoughts on giving out another Nobel Peace Prize for environment this year?

Sarah Harper is a professional writer based in San Francisco, California. Her interests include sustainability, government policy, and international politics. In her free time, Sarah enjoys toying with the idea of holistic health, overanalysis, and plotting world exploration.

3 responses

  1. I don’t know if it will help, but if there’s a chance that it will stop politicians from dragging their feet on climate change, it’s certainly worth a try. The receiver of the prize must really deserve it, though.

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