Greta Thunberg wins $163,000 prize for her climate change activism

scandal 26/09/2019

Following her viral speech in front of world leaders this week, Climate activist Greta Thunberg has been named as one of the four Right Livelihood Award winnners.

The Right Livelihood Awards, also known as the 'Alternative Nobel', was set up in 1980 to shine a light on those that the founder, Swedish-German philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull, felt were being ignored by the Nobel prizes.

Speaking of 16 year old Thunberg, the foundation said she had been picked for "inspiring and amplifying political demands for urgent climate action reflecting scientific facts."

They went on to say that she "personifies the notion that everyone has the power to create change. Her example has inspired and empowered people from all walks of life to demand political action."

Thunberg and the other three winners will each be given 1 million kronor ($163,000 NZD).

"Whenever I receive an award, it is not me who is the winner. I am part of a global movement of school children, youth and adults of all ages who have decided to act in defence of our living planet.” Thunberg said in a statement following her win.

"It is a huge recognition for Fridays For Future and the climate strike movement.”