Suzuki honoured

Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki has won an honourary “Alternative Nobel” for his work to raise awareness about climate change.

Canadian environmentalist

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki has won an honourary “Alternative Nobel” for his work to raise awareness about climate change.

Two activists from Congo and New Zealand and a doctor from Australia won the top awards presented by the Right Livelihood Foundation for their work to protect rain forests, improve women’s health and rid the world of nuclear weapons.

The awards were announced Tuesday in Stockholm.

Congolese activist Rene Ngongo, Alyn Ware of New Zealand and Australian-born Catherine Hamlin, who has been based in Ethiopia for five decades, each will receive US$74,000, the foundation said.

The honourary part of the award — without prize money — went to Suzuki.

Suzuki, 73, is best known in Canada for his television and radio series and books about nature and the environment. He’s also been harshly critical of governments for their lack of action on climate change.

He is also the co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation which, among other things, works to protect the enviroment and nature.

Suzuki says he’s honoured to receive an “Alternative Nobel” prize, but he says it’s embarrassing that Canada is going backwards when it comes to fighting climate change.

Suzuki says the award is a recognition of the importance of the issue, yet the current Canadian government has failed to act.

Suzuki says Canada, with its northern climate and thousands of miles of coastline, is more vulnerable than most countries to the effect of global warming.

He says it’s embarrassing that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has never once recognized the importance of battling climate change, and it’s a failure on his part and on the part of the environmental movement.

Just Posted

Red Deer area businesses recognized at Business of the Year Awards night

“It’s an honour just to be nominated.” The popular words echoed throughout… Continue reading

Child sex offender should get 12 years: Crown prosecutor

Stuart Peter Hunt has pleaded guilty to 10 child sexual exploitation and pornography charges

Legalizing cannabis cost estimate for Red Deer just under $400k

Although the province of Alberta has announced $11.2 million for cannabis legalization,… Continue reading

WATCH: Every square tells a story: Edmonton expert is exploring Red Deer’s quilting history

Community members can bring in family heirloom quilts for documentation

Red Deer-area dads going through divorce are invited to Man Up

Support group formed to focus on positive activities, networking

WATCH: Two weeks away from Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer

In just two weeks, Ponoka’s Shayna Weir will compete with the best… Continue reading

PHOTO: Say goodbye to City Hall Park flowers

A sure sign that winter is on its way is when City… Continue reading

PHOTO: Chew On This! campaign draws attention to national poverty

Lunch bags were being handed out in front of The Hub downtown… Continue reading

Wickenheiser, Pegula reflect NHL’s trend toward diversity

BUFFALO, N.Y. — With a laugh, Kim Pegula’s competitive nature kicked in… Continue reading

Harry and Meghan bring rain to drought-stricken Outback town

DUBBO, Australia — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were jokingly thanked… Continue reading

TV Review: A Roseanne Barr-less ‘The Conners’ is a triumph

NEW YORK — Can there be a “Roseanne” without Roseanne? The answer… Continue reading

Canadian manufacturing sales fell 0.4 per cent in August: Statistics Canada

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell 0.4 per cent to… Continue reading

Brian Mulroney joins board of directors of New York-based pot company

NEW YORK — Former prime minister Brian Mulroney is joining the board… Continue reading

Canadians waking up to legalized cannabis: ‘My new dealer is the prime minister’

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Canadians across the country woke up to legalized… Continue reading

Most Read