The Right Livelihood Award

The Right Livelihood Award, a key partner of Better World Links, is often referred to as the "Alternative Nobel Peace Prize". It is dedicated to honoring and supporting courageous people and organisations that have found practical solutions to the root causes of global problems. 

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EP in Peace

Get inspired by some of the most influential peace activists the world has ever seen, including Ghandi, the Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King, Thich Nhat Hanh and Nelson Mandela. 

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EP for the Environment

Are you an environmental activist looking for some inspiration? Get to know some of the most important people, historical and current, who have dedicated their lives to protecting our precious planet and its natural resources including Berta Caceres, Wangari Maathai, Bill McKibben and Vandana Shiva.

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EP in the Media

From resolute investigative journalists working to expose corruption or human rights violations, to alternative media icons speaking truth to powerful key campaigners for media reform, find our selection of the most exemplary people working in the media here. 

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Exemplary Whistleblowers

They form an essential part of a functioning democracy as they expose cases of government and corporate wrongdoing, often at a considerable risk to their own safety, livelihoods and freedom.

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EP for the Economy

Learn about some of the key figures working to transform our economies into more progressive systems that work better for people and the planet. They include Thomas Piketty, Joseph Stiglitz, Ha Joon Chang, Robert Reich, Elon Musk, Muhhammad Yunus and more. 

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EP for Human Rights

Whether you are working full-time for an organization or dedicating most of your free time to a human rights cause, find motivation here by reviewing world leaders and activists who have changed world populations with their actions and strength.

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EP in Science

Find out how some exceptional people have changed our lives through the use of science and scientific discovery. Inform yourself and be influenced by reading about their exceptional work! 

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FREE Julian Assange

Founder of WikiLeaks, Assange as a journalist revealed international human rights abuses, and corruption. In April 2019, Assange's asylum was withdrawn by Ecuador leading to his arrest by the UK police. He has been accused of violating the Espionage Act of 1917 in the USA and faces extradition and lifelong incarceration. The decision is expected to be made on January,4th 2021. Assange is currently in HM Prison Belmarsh in London where he has been isolated and in apparent ill health. 

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The 2021 Right Livelihood winners

The winners of the Right Livelihood Award 2021, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize, have been announced. The four winners are Marthe Wandou, a Women and peace activist from Cameroon, Vladimir Sliwjak, one of Russia's most dedicated environmentalists, Freda Huson, an indigenous and climate activist from Canada, and The Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment (LIFE), an environmental protection organization from India. Stay tuned for more info on the laureates.

The 2021 Right Livelihood winners

Frances Haugen

The former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen disclosed thousands of Facebook's internal documents to the Securities and Exchange Commission and Wall Street Journal in 2021. After publicly acknowledging this, she is now being questioned by the US Congress. Haugen accuses Facebook of violations of consumer protection, product safety and data security and sees far-reaching dangers for democracy and society with an urgent need for regulation.

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Bernie Sanders

The Senator from Vermont is the longest independent member of Congress in U.S. history. He ran for presidency twice. Sanders is well known for his work to stop the growing wealth gap in the USA, and for his call of a "Political Revolution", which seeks to achieve the common good and positively transform U.S. policy.

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Nasrin Sotoudeh

She is a courageous human rights lawyer, whose work has been dedicated to the search for true justice in Iran. She herself is currently serving a long sentence, due to her work defending several activists arrested during the "Green Revolution", following Iran's dubious 2009 presidential elections. Nasrin Sotoudeh's courage has made her a symbol of the struggle of Iranians against oppression and the quest for freedom.

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Nelson Mandela Day - July 18

Every July 18 we celebrate the legacy of this true leader who will always be remembered for his transcendental role in the liberation of South Africa from apartheid. He spent his life fighting for a free, democratic and anti-racist society. His ideals have shaped world leaders and touched millions of people around the world.

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Ales Bialiatski

He is an activist, who for 30 years has fought for human rights and political freedom in Belarus. He is the founder of Viasna, which is a centre that provides financial and legal support to political prisoners. Belarus, known as "the last dictatorship in Europe", was in the eyes of the world in 2020 due to the fraudulent presidential elections, and despite the fact that his work has cost him several years in prison, Bialiarski together with Viasna continue to fight to ensure a true democracy for Belarusians.

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Bryan Stevenson

He is a U.S. civil rights attorney and the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, which is an organization rooted in the fight for a justice system that is not based on systemic racism. EJI's initiative is to provide the opportunity for legal representation for those who cannot obtain it, or for those who have not had a fair trial. Stevenson has long fought for a justice system that can ensure equal rights for all.

Bryan Stevenson

Lottie Cunningham Wren

She is a human rights activist whose work as a lawyer has been dedicated to defending the rights of indigenous people and people of African descent in Nicaragua. Wren is the founder of CEJUDHCAN, an organization that provides educational programs and legal support to help people protect their natural resources.

Lottie Cunningham Wren

Martin Luther King Jr.

The January.18 federal holiday marks the birthday of the Afro-American minister and activist who became one of the lead figures in the 1955 Civil Rights Movement to end racial discrimination and segregation. Inspired by his Christian faith and Gandhi's works, he always advocated non-violent activism. For his constant commitment to civil rights, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Just four years later he was assassinated. His legacy and political ideas are still alive today.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Dalai Lama

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama and Buddhist monk, is celebrating his 85th birthday on July 6. The spiritual head of the Tibetan Buddhists resigned from his political duties in 2011 but is still an influential voice for global peace. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his lifelong commitment to harmony and non-violent resistance to the occupation of Tibet by China.

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Jeremy Corbyn

“Not the candidate of Fleet Street or the Billionaires”, Jeremy Corbyn is known for his lifelong commitment to social justice, civil rights, health care, climate change, peace & democracy, and engaging students, workers & middle class citizens.

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The Goldman Prize

This Prize honors the achievements and leadership of grassroot environmental activists from around the world. Through recognizing these individual leaders, the Prize seeks to inspire citizens to take extraordinary actions to protect our natural resources.

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The Right Livelihood Award Directory

Since 1980, The Right Livelihood Award has been awarded to inspirational people working to make a better world. Here you can find their directory of laureates, which you can search by year, location and topic.