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The Right Livelihood College (RLC) is a global education and research initiative of universities and the Right Livelihood Award Foundation, also known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize". The RLC promotes and implements transdisciplinary education and research on social justice, poverty and inequality reduction, and environmental sustainability together with laureates of the “Alternative Nobel Prize”.

RLC Bonn Workshop "Mobilization for Change: Promoting and Defending Justice for Marginalized People” from September 10-12, 2018

From September 9 - 12, 2018, the RLC Campus Bonn organised an international transdisciplinary workshop on “Mobilization for Change: Promoting and Defending Justice for Marginalised People”, in cooperation with the German Association of German Development Services (AGdD). 15 young researchers from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, “Alternative Nobel Prize” Laureates as well as development practitioners and experts, discussed their research and activism concerned with marginalized people and their access to opportunities and resources. Martín von Hildebrand from Colombia (Director of Fundación Gaia Amazonas), Hina Jilani from Pakistan (founder of the Women’s Action Forum and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan), and Nnimmo Bassey from Nigeria (Director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation) advised the workshop participants and gave valuable insight in their work.

RLC Public Talk with Nnimmo Bassey, Martín von Hildebrand, and Hina Jilani

On September 10, 2018, the RLC Campus Bonn and the Adult Education Center organised a public talk on strategic responses to violations of human rights, environmental rights, and indigenous rights. Laureate Nnimmo Bassey spoke about the full ecological and human horrors of oil production in Nigeria and globally: “We have to force a system change, especially the young people”. Hina Jilani, a pioneering Advocate at the Supreme Court of Pakistan, urged that “woman are not marginalized but discriminated in society and fighting to change the society and simply show that women are there”. Laureate Martín von Hildebrand stressed the self-determined rights of indigenous people to sustain their culture and conserve the rainforests.

RLC Bonn PhD student presents at University of Helsinki

From August 15 to 18, Alejandro Mora-Motta, RLC PhD student at the RLC Campus Bonn, attended the World-Ecology Research Network Conference held at the University of Helsinki.  He presented his paper titled “Tree plantations as (neo)extractivism in Chile” in which he analyses this tree plantations model as a form of (neo)extractivism, which emerged in Latin America to apprehend the multi-scale process involving nature commodification ranging from its large scale appropriation in the local territories to the capture of globalized production networks. His presentation was part of the session “Planting – and Resisting cheap Natures”, where issues around extractivism, territories, plantations and property were discussed.

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Prof. Dr. Solvay Gerke

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