2009 Right Livelihood Awards announced



The four winners of the “Alternative Nobels” were named in Stockholm yesterday. The winner of the honorary award is David Suzuki

for his lifetime advocacy of the socially responsible use of science, and for his massive contribution to raising awareness about the perils of climate change and building public support for policies to address it.

The term “honorary” does not connote an inferior class of award. It merely means that no cash accompanies that award, as in the selection committee’s eyes the individual does not need it. (Hey that’s socialism for ya, Doc. Congrats anyhow)

The other three winners, below.

René Ngongo

for his courage in confronting the forces that are destroying the Congo’s rainforests and building political support for their conservation and sustainable use.

Alyn Ware

for his effective and creative advocacy and initiatives over two decades to further peace education and to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

Catherine Hamlin

for her fifty years dedicated to treating obstetric fistula patients, thereby restoring the health, hope and dignity of thousands of Africa’s poorest women.

Suzuki found the award bittersweet:

Suzuki says he’s proud to receive an “Alternative Nobel” prize announced yesterday, but humiliated that Canada has become an international pariah when it comes to climate change.
. . . .
He said the award is a recognition of how important the issue has become.

At the same time, “it’s very, very embarrassing that my country has been going backwards in terms of addressing the issue of climate change.”

Let the cable bitching commence!


One Response to “2009 Right Livelihood Awards announced”

  1. artemis54 Says:


    I had been looking forward to finally getting my paper copy of the Ardi Science issue. It was late, which never happens. And the mail lady left the box open, which she never does. And it poured down rain, which hasn’t happened for four months. And I got home very late, so it had plenty of time to marinate. Now what are the odds required for the one issue I was really looking forward to making it to the house as a soggy pile of pulp?

    Otoh, I hadn’t realized that quite a portion of the online material doesn’t even appear in print.

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