15/10/2010 Hermann Scheer 1944-2010

Hermann Scheer 1944-2010

Environment, Science and Technologies, Sustainable Development, 15/10/2010

All of us at the Right Livelihood Award Foundation are deeply saddened to learn about the death of Hermann Scheer. He received the Right Livelihood Award in 1999 ‘for his indefatigable work for the promotion of solar energy worldwide’.

Hermann leaves a big void on a personal, as well as on a political, level. He pinpointed fossil and nuclear energy production as the major danger of our time and showed the world how this threat can be averted. There are only a few people who have done more for the future of our planet. Our thoughts are with his family, who supported this work.

Hermann Scheer was a practical visionary and political person at his very core. He fought tirelessly for the cause of a 100% renewable energy future, often cross party lines, never putting his career first. The German Renewable Energy Law, which essentially goes back to Herman Scheer, now serves as a role model worldwide.

To see how much Herman Scheer was able to achieve as a parliamentarian and civil society activist gives hope for our political system. He has influenced and inspired thousands of colleagues and fellow activists around the world. They will continue his work, but will have very big shoes to fill.