Petra Kelly was a German politician and activist, and one of the founders of Die Grünen, the German Green Party, in 1979, which she described as 'a non-violent ecological and basic-democratic anti-war coalition of parliamentary and extra-parliamentary grassroots oriented forces'.

As one of the party's national chairpersons from 1980 to 1982, she achieved international renown, as the German Greens put environmental politics on the European political agenda in the early 1980s.

In 1983, she was elected to the Bundestag, the German parliament, as one of 28 Green MPs and was speaker of the party's parliamentary group until 1984. She was re-elected to the Bundestag in 1987, but her party was badly defeated three years later at the first elections of a reunited Germany, less than two years before her tragic death in 1992.

In her international political work and public speaking, Kelly concentrated on the four themes closest to her heart: peace and non-violence, ecology, feminism and human rights, and the links between them. She believed in every citizen’s right to civil disobedience, and participated in many such actions around the world. She used her status as the world's most famous 'Green' to bring her passionate concern for the rights of the victims of oppression and violence to the attention of everyone she met, from heads of government to groups of activists. In her last years, much of her energy was taken up by the cause of Tibet - and, as always, the dangers of nuclear radiation.

Kelly received the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize) in 1982 ‘...for forging and implementing a new vision uniting ecological concerns with disarmament, social justice, and human rights’.

Kelly wrote the book Fighting for Hope in 1984, published by South End Press. The book is an urgent call for a world free from violence between North and South, men and women, ourselves and our environment.

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