Citing her work \u0022exposing the structural causes and responsibility for the climate crisis,\u0022 the Sydney Peace Foundation has awarded its 2016 Peace Prize to author and activist\u0026nbsp;Naomi Klein.\u0026nbsp;That work, said the jury, inspires people \u0022to stand up locally, nationally and internationally to demand a new agenda for sharing the planet that respects human rights and equality,\u0022 and serves as a reminder \u0022of the power of authentic democracy to achieve transformative change and justice.\u0022Responding to the news, the 46-year-old author of\u0026nbsp;This Changes Everything,\u0026nbsp;The Shock Doctrine, and\u0026nbsp;No Logo\u0026nbsp;said\u0026nbsp;she hoped the award would highlight the need for a \u0022justice-based transition from fossil fuels, highlighting policies that dramatically lower emissions while creating huge numbers of jobs and battling systemic inequalities.\u0022\u0022It comes at a time when the impacts of the climate crisis are being acutely felt, from the devastating bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef to the horrific wildfires tearing across my own country,\u0022 said Klein, who lives in Canada. \u0022A great many people know in their hearts that now is the time for bold action. Yet political leadership is still lacking—and nowhere more so than in Australia.\u0022As Common Dreams reported,\u0026nbsp;Klein previously\u0026nbsp;branded Prime Minister Tony Abbott as a \u0022climate villain\u0022 and said that Canadians and Australians can relate because they are both run by governments that appear bent on destroying the planet.Speaking to\u0026nbsp;Fairfax Media, Klein underscored the link between war, conflict, and global warming.\u0022I wouldn\u0026#039;t say my primary identity is as a peace activist,\u0022 she said. \u0022But I see\u0026nbsp;more militarism, and the possibility of peace, as entirely inseparable from the climate crisis. So much of what destabilizes our world is the quest for fossil fuels.\u0022The Sydney Morning Herald reports:Past recipients of the Sydney Peace Prize, which is worth $50,000, have included figureheads of the political left and have frequently attracted controversy with their visit.Writer and activist Arundhati Roy made headlines in 2004 when she used her address to denounce then US President George W.\u0026nbsp;Bush as a war criminal and condemned prime minister John Howard\u0026#039;s role in the \u0022illegal invasion\u0022 of Iraq (comments that would scarcely raise an eyebrow today) while recipients such as Palestinian activist Hanan Ashwari, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the philosopher\u0026nbsp;Professor Noam Chomsky, have been denounced by some in the Australian media for having \u0022one-sided criticisms of Israel\u0022, as associate professor Philip Mendes argued in\u0026nbsp;The Australian\u0026nbsp;in 2011.Roy, for her part, also expressed hope that the prize would \u0022amplify\u0022 Klein\u0026#039;s message, saying \u0022There is no looking away from the direct connection she makes between climate change and capitalism.\u0022Wow! First time I\u0026#039;m seeing this... so deeply moved and grateful. https://t.co/9fVHalVD0V— Naomi Klein (@NaomiAKlein) May 14, 2016Klein will accept the award and deliver the Sydney Peace prize lecture at Sydney Town Hall on November 11.