Contact: Xenya Cherny-Scanlon

Director of Communications

Website: www.rightlivelihood.org

E-mail: xenya@rightlivelihood.org

Address: Stockholmsvagen 23, Enskede, 12262 Sweden

Tel: +46 (0) 8702 0340

Summary:

Founded in 1980, the Right Livelihood Awards are presented each year in Stockholm and are often referred to as ‘Alternative Nobel Prizes’. They were introduced “to honour and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today”. In addition to presenting the annual awards, the Foundation supports the work of its Laureates, particularly those who may be in danger due to the nature of their activities. Jakob von Uexkull, a Swedish-German professional philatelist, sold his business to provide the original funding. Since then, the awards have been financed by individual donors. There are now 162 Right Livelihood Award Laureates from 67 countries. Previous Laureates include environmentalists David Suzuki (Canada) and Vandana Shiva (India), human rights activists Jacqueline Moudeina (Chad) and Bianca Jagger (Nicaragua), as well as Swedish children’s book author Astrid Lindgren and high-profile US whistleblowers Dan Ellsberg and Edward Snowden. www.rightlivelihood.org