Swedish Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Wins ‘Alternative Nobel’

by Ritu Versha 2 years ago Views 901

Greta Thunberg
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is among four people named Wednesday as the winners of a Right Livelihood Award, also known as 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.

Honoured alongside Thunberg were Moroccan activist Aminatou Haidar "for her steadfast nonviolent action" for Western Sahara; Guo Jianmei, the leading Chinese lawyer and women’s rights advocate, “for her pioneering and persistent work in securing women’s rights in China”; and Indigenous leader Davi Kopenawa, representing Brazil's indigenous tribe, for protecting the Amazon forest and its people. The four laureates will receive a cash award of 1 million Swedish crowns ($103,000) each.

Thunberg had also been honoured with Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award. Earlier this year, she has also been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. At 16, she would be the youngest recipient of the award.

Thunberg's campaign, begun on August 2018, when she held solitary demonstrations outside Sweden's parliament, skipping classes once a week to protest climate change. Her solo protest has inspired millions across the world to stage protests urging leaders to tackle global warming. 

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