Satish Kumar

Activist and speaker
Doctor of Laws
In recognition of his outstanding contribution towards promoting peace and the environment through his activism.

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Peace-pilgrim, life-long activist and former monk, Satish Kumar has been inspiring global change for over 50 years. At just nine years of age, Satish renounced the world and joined the wandering Jain monks. Inspired by Gandhi, he decided at 18 that he could achieve more back in the world and soon undertook a peace-pilgrimage, walking without money from India to America in the name of nuclear disarmament.

In 1973 Satish settled in the UK becoming the editor of Resurgence magazine, a position he held until 2016, making him the UK’s longest-serving editor of the same magazine. During this time, he has been the guiding spirit behind a number of internationally respected ecological and educational ventures. He co-founded Schumacher College in South Devon, where he is a Visiting Fellow.

Now in his 80s, Satish has devoted his life to campaigning for ecological regeneration, social justice and spiritual fulfilment. 

Satish appears regularly on podcasts, radio and television shows. He has been interviewed by Richard Dawkins, Russell Brand and GCU Chancellor Annie Lennox OBE, and appeared as a guest on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, Thought for the Day and Midweek. Satish presented an episode of BBC2's Natural World documentary series, which was watched by 3.6 million people. An acclaimed international speaker and author, Satish’s autobiography sold over 50,000 copies, inspiring change around the world.