Greta Thunberg has won the 2019 Right Livelihood Award along with three other people – dubbed Sweden’s “alternative Nobel Prize.”
Thunberg won the award for “inspiring and amplifying political demands for urgent climate action reflecting scientific facts,” the Right Livelihood Foundation said in a statement.
With the 2019 Right Livelihood Award, we honour four practical visionaries whose leadership has empowered millions of people to defend their inalienable rights and to strive for a liveable future for all on planet Earth.
Brazilian indigenous leader Davi Kopenawa (of the Yanomami people), Chinese women’s rights lawyer Guo Jianmei and Western Sahara human rights defender Aminatou Haidar were also recipients of the award.
Greta, along with the three other winners will receive a cash prize of one million Swedish crowns, (£83,538).
The 16-year-old activist made waves at the UN Climate Action Summit after she delivered an impassioned speech in which she condemned the 60 world leaders for their inaction on climate change.
You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words
People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!
You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you.
We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not.
In just 12 months, Thunberg has inspired millions of people to strike all over the world on the climate change issue, and her dedication to activism has helped create a global movement.