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2005 Sheila Watt-Cloutier

The Sophie Prize 2005 is thus awarded to Ms Watt-Cloutier for her tireless effort to draw the world´s attention to the devastating human effects of climate change and emissions of toxic chemicals. As Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference she has given a human face and a human right´s perspective to the destruction of the environment. The entoxified environment and rapidly melting ice in polar areas not only impact eco-systems, but also individuals and the Inuit culture itself. “The Arctic is the world’s barometer of climate change. We are the early warning system for the world”. She adds: “What is happening to us now will happen to others further south in years to come.” As the recently concluded Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) concludes, the Arctic and its peoples are at great risk as a result of global climate change.  

In 2001 she was instrumental in persuading nations of the need for a convention to eliminate toxic chemicals (POPs). She is now petitioning the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights alleging that destruction of the Inuit way of life as a result of emission of greenhouse gases by the United States is a violation of the collective rights of Inuit.

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Speech by the head of the Jury and Board Elin Enge

Oslo Sophie Prize Ceremony June 15, 2005

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Speech by Sophie Prize winner Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Oslo Sophie Prize Ceremony June 15, 2005

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Sheila Watt-Cloutier speeks at Norwegian launch of Human Development Report 2007/2008

Sheila Watt-Cloutier speeks at Norwegian launch of Human Development Report 2007/2008

Wednesday 19 December 2007

Sophie prize winner Sheila Watt-Cloutier was invited to Norway as a key note speaker in connection with the launch of the Human Development Report. You can download her speech on on Climate Change, and Human-Centered Sustainability here. Watt-Cloutier is a canadisk political activist and author. She won the UN development prize in 2007 and was a top candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize this year.

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Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Sheila Watt-Cloutier
You can read more about Sheila Watt-Cloutier and her work on the Inuit Circumpolar Conference homepage.

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