Got His Eyes On The Prize

On Dec. 10, 2004, Jakob von Uexkull was a special guest at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo. He was invited by Kenyan environmentalist and human-rights activist Wangari Maathai, who had been awarded the world's most prestigious prize — precisely two decades after Von Uexkull's own Right Livelihood Awards had honored Maathai for her efforts to save the African forests. "If the Nobel Committee continues to follow in our footsteps, 20 years of delay is all right with me," he commented.

It was a satisfying, and good-natured, rebuke. Twenty-five years ago, Von Uexkull approached the Nobel Foundation...

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