Stockholm, 20 February 2020 (dpa/MIA) – Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has used the prize money she received as winner of the 2019 “alternative Nobel Prize” to establish a non-profit foundation.
The Right Livelihood Foundation said on Thursday that Thunberg used her cash award of 1 million kronor (102,000 dollars) to establish The Greta Thunberg Foundation.
Thunberg, 17, announced her plans at the end of January, saying the foundation was to promote ecological and social sustainability and mental health.
The Right Livelihood Award jury cited her “for inspiring and amplifying political demands for urgent climate action reflecting scientific facts.”
Thunberg began a global movement to draw attention to climate change by skipping school on Fridays and staged her first school strike in August 2018.
In recent months, Thunberg has spoken at climate meetings from Switzerland to New York, including at the UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid.
“We promise to support Thunberg and her new foundation in every way we can to fight for ecological and social sustainability,”
Ole von Uexkull, director of the Stockholm-based Right Livelihood Award Foundation, said on Thursday.
“Both urgent and long-term actions are needed to stop climate change and create societies that are sustainable from multiple perspectives,” he added.
Von Uexkull noted that “mental illness is a growing problem around the world, which is often overlooked.”
The Right Livelihood Award was established to honor issues pertaining to human rights, environmental protection, and peace.
They were first awarded in 1980, and are not connected to the Nobel Prizes endowed by Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel.