02/02/2016 February 2016 – One Month Until 1 March Nomination Deadline

February 2016 – One Month Until 1 March Nomination Deadline



Just one month remains to nominate candidates for the 2016 Right Livelihood Award. Do you know any exceptional individual or organisation who deserves the recognition and support of the Right Livelihood Award? Then send us your proposal by 1 March 2016!

The Foundation receives proposals from all over the world. There are now 162 Right Livelihood Award Laureates from over 60 countries. Through the open nomination process, the Foundation gets a sense of what people around the world perceive as the most urgent problems – and who is developing the creative and effective solutions we need. Check out our video to learn more!

Anyone – excluding Right Livelihood Award Jury and staff members – can propose anyone (individuals or organisations), apart from themselves, close relatives or their own organisations to be considered for a Right Livelihood Award. Proposals must not be publicised, except to the candidate and possible referees.

We look forward to receiving your proposals.

Read more about our nomination requirements and procedures.

teaching_right_livelihoodRight Livelihood College Publishes Teaching Guide

Long-time Right Livelihood College (RLC) collaborators at the University of Kassel have recently published a book on how to incorporate the concept of Right Livelihood into teaching in schools. This project has been ongoing for several years and has now resulted in this second publication.

The book, “Education in a Globalized World: Teaching Right Livelihood” is now available as a resource for instructors. It includes articles by Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Gerd Michelsen, and Dr. Monika Griefahn, Chair of the Board, Right Livelihood Award Foundation (among others), as well as a description of the concept of “Teaching Right Livelihood” and exemplary formats for school and teacher education. Learn more about the book here.

590bf60b8eLaureates at COP 21

Right Livelihood Award Laureates played a notable role in the discussions at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, also known as COP 21. 2015 Laureates Sheila Watt-Cloutier and Tony de Brum both spoke about the importance of taking on climate change at a global level. Their sentiments were echoed by 2014 Laureate Bill McKibben, who reflected:

“Every government seems now to recognise that the fossil fuel era must end…This didn’t save the planet but it may have saved the chance of saving the planet.”

Read the full article on his thoughts from Paris.

s_-_portrait-helen_mackLaunch of Laureate Article Series on Huffington Post Blog

Last month saw the publication of the first article written by the 1992 Right Livelihood Award Laureate Helen Mack Chang as a guest piece on the Huffington Post. Ms. Mack Chang reflected on the recently-elected government of Guatemala and the challenges it will face. She writes:

“The environment in which the presidential term begins is complicated…The political crisis of last year, which is still unresolved, deepened the urgency of reforms to the political system…”

Read the full piece in Spanish and keep an eye out for more contributions from Right Livelihood Award Laureates.

f00ed50a342010 Laureate Bishop Erwin Kräutler Retires

After 35 years of service as Bishop, Erwin Kräutler has retired from his post as prelate of Xingu in Brazil. His work for the rights of indigenous peoples and the environment have both aided and empowered the inhabitants of the region.

Following the arrival of his replacement, he will continue to work with the Conselho Indigenista Missionário (CIMI) as a volunteer. He plans to split his time between Europe and Brazil.

More News from the Foundation & Laureates

Right Livelihood College Alumnus Assumes Deputy Minister Role

Dr. Abdallah Possi, who participated as a Right Livelihood Junior Scientist at the University of Bonn, was recently appointed as a Deputy Minister in the Tanzanian Prime Minister’s office responsible for policy coordination, parliamentary affairs, employment and persons with physical disabilities. He is the country’s first albino Deputy Minister.

Denis Mukwege Documentary Finally Screened in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Following an initial country-wide ban, the film The Man Who Mends Women about the life and work of 2013 Right Livelihood Award Laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege has at last been screened in his home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

IBFAN Pressure Contributes to EU Action on Baby Food

After a decade of research and lobbying, the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) lauded the ‎EU Parliament‬ decision to reject the sale of baby foods with sugar levels over the maximum values recommended by the World Health Organization.