Known around the world as the \u0022alternative Nobel Prize\u0022 to honor and support \u0022courageous people solving global problems,\u0022 the Right Livelihood Award was granted Wednesday to three activists from Cameroon, Canada, and Russia as well as a legal group in India.\r\n\r\nRight Livelihood has recognized nearly 200 laureates from more than 70 countries since its founding over four decades ago. This year, the Stockholm-based organization considered a record 206 nominees from 89 nations, executive director Ole von Uexkull said during a press conference.\r\n\r\nThe 2021 laureates are:\r\n\r\n\r\n\tMarthe Wandou, \u0022for building a model of community-based child protection in the face of terrorist insurgency and gender-based violence in the Lake Chad region of Cameroon\u0022;\r\n\tVladimir Slivyak, \u0022for his defense of the environment and for helping to ignite grassroots opposition to the coal and nuclear industries in Russia\u0022;\r\n\tFreda Huson of the Wet\u0026#039;suwet\u0026#039;en people in Canada, \u0022for her fearless dedication to reclaiming her people\u0026#039;s culture and defending their land against disastrous pipeline projects\u0022; and\r\n\tLegal Initiative for Forest and Environment (LIFE), \u0022for their innovative legal work empowering communities to protect their resources in the pursuit of environmental democracy in India.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022The 2021 Right Livelihood Laureates are courageous mobilizers who show what peoples\u0026#039; movements can achieve,\u0022 von Uexkull said. \u0022In the face of the escalating climate and environmental crises, senseless violence, and blatant human rights abuses, they successfully engage for a better future through solidarity and organization.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022These grassroots activists are not just resisting,\u0022 von Uexkull added, \u0022but actively mobilizing entire communities to claim their rights, becoming agents of change where governments fail.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn addition to a cash prize of about $115,000 for each recipient, the award secures laureates long-term support to \u0022highlight and expand\u0022 their work. According to the organization, \u0022Right Livelihood is a megaphone and a shield for the laureates: raising their profile, providing them protection when their lives and liberty are in danger, and educating people on their innovative solutions.\u0022\r\n\r\nPast recipients have included American whistleblower Edward Snowden, Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunberg, Congolese gynecologist Dr. Denis Mukwege, and Belarusian pro-democracy activist Ales Bialiatski, as well as Viasna, the human rights center he established.\r\n\r\nMarthe Wandou\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe first person from Cameroon to receive the award, Wandou has long worked to prevent sexual violence against children, especially girls, and care for survivors. She founded the organization Action Locale Pour un Développement Participatif et Autogéré (ALDEPA) in 1998.\r\n\r\n\u0022The Right Livelihood Award will give us the courage to continue what we are doing,\u0022 Wandou said. \u0022It will also help us have visibility and call on more people to join us in supporting victims and promoting women\u0026#039;s and children\u0026#039;s rights.\u0022\r\n\r\nVladimir Slivyak\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSlivyak, co-chairman and co-founder of the group Ecodefense, has advocated against fossil fuels and nuclear power in Russia as well as the shipment of radioactive waste from abroad.\r\n\r\n\u0022I\u0026#039;ve spent my life in the environmental movement, and it\u0026#039;s really a big honor for me to get an award like this,\u0022 said Slivyak. \u0022The Right Livelihood Award provides more resources for the environmental and human rights protection work that my organization is leading.\u0022\r\n\r\nFreda Huson\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHuson has been a leader in the fight against the Coastal GasLink pipeline in British Columbia, Canada. She joined with fellow Wet\u0026#039;suwet\u0026#039;en hereditary chiefs in 2010 to establish the Unist\u0026#039;ot\u0026#039;en homestead, which they call \u0022a peaceful expression of our connection to our territory.\u0022 The camp now includes a healing center for people impacted by colonial trauma.\r\n\r\n\u0022The work I\u0026#039;ve been recognized for is teaching people our ways, which we are taught from a very young age: to take care of the land that sustains us,\u0022 she explained. \u0022What this award means to my people is that it\u0026#039;s going to be more powerful to join forces with many others around the world with the same goal: to protect the land, protect the environment, and make sure that people are treated fairly.\u0022\r\n\r\nLegal Initiative for Forest and Environment (LIFE)\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nFounded in 2005 by lawyers Ritwick Dutta and Rahul Choudhary, LIFE provides legal and scientific support to communities across India taking on projects and corporations that threaten the environment and public health.\r\n\r\nDutta said that \u0022we are extremely thrilled\u0022 to receive LIFE\u0026#039;s first international prize.\r\n\r\n\u0022It means a lot to us and to all the local groups across India that we are supporting,\u0022 he added. \u0022The award will help us increase the impact of our work, empowering more people to protect nature and livelihoods.\u0022\r\n\r\nPhotos of the recipients engaging in work and protest actions were provided by Right Livelihood.