Right Livelihood Award

international award to honour and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today

The Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the Alternative Nobel Prize,[1][2][3][4][5] is a major[1] international award to honour those "working on practical and exemplary solutions to the most urgent challenges facing the world today". The prize was started in 1980 by Jakob von Uexkull, and is presented each year in early December.[6] An international jury, invited by the five regular Right Livelihood Award board members, decides the awards in such fields as environmental protection, human rights, sustainable development, health, education, and peace. The prize money is shared among the winners, usually numbering four, and is EUR 200,000.[7]

The award ceremony in the Riksdag of Sweden in 2009
The 2009 award is presented to David Suzuki by Jakob von Uexkull (right) and European Commissioner Margot Wallström (left)

The prize has been awarded to a diverse group of people and organisations, including Mycle Schneider, Amory Lovins, Astrid Lindgren, Bianca Jagger, Memorial, Mordechai Vanunu, and Petra Kelly.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Indians win 'alternative Nobel'". BBC. 2 October 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  2. "Peace and Social Justice Workers Receive Alternative Nobel Prize". Deutsche Welle. 2008-01-10. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  3. "Global activists honoured with 'Alternative Nobel' prize". The Local. 30 Sep 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  4. "Israeli doctors' group wins 'alternative' Nobel prize". BBC. 30 September 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  5. "Alternativer Nobelpreis: Kampf gegen Klimawandel, Armut, Kriege ausgezeichnet". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. 13 October 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  6. Jawetz, Pincas. 30th Right Livelihood Awards: Wake-up calls to secure our common future. Archived 2010-03-27 at the Wayback Machine SustainabiliTank. 13 Oct. 2009.
  7. About the Right Livelihood Award Archived 2011-08-11 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed October 26, 2010.