Council of Canadians honorary chairperson Maude Barlow spoke at the Conference of North American Right Livelihood Award Laureates in Santa Cruz this week.
The advance promotion for the gathering had noted, "In May 2018, a group of Right Livelihood change-makers based in Canada and the US will convene at the University of California, Santa Cruz to discuss challenges and opportunities for advancing social and environmental justice. In these tumultuous times, this meeting will deepen and ground our local efforts toward a more sustainable, equitable, and peaceful world."
Barlow received the Right Livelihood Award in 2005 at a ceremony in Stockholm for her "exemplary and longstanding worldwide work for trade justice and the recognition of the fundamental human right to water." Their website notes, "The Right Livelihood Award—widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’—was established in 1980 to honor and support courageous people and organizations offering visionary and exemplary solutions to the root causes of global problems."
On Wednesday evening, Barlow spoke to a large audience at Kresge Town Hall and was in conversation with environmental lawyer and fellow Right Livelihood Award recipient Robert Bilott on 'Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever'. To watch a video of that evening, please click here.
These tweets also help tell the story of Barlow's participation in the conference:
For more on the Right Livelihood Award conference, please click here.