Greta Thunberg wins Sweden’s 'alternative Nobel Prize'; teen climate activist shares award with Davi Kopenawa, Guo Jianmei and Aminatou Haidar

Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg was named on Wednesday as one of four winners of the 2019 Right Livelihood Award, known as Sweden’s alternative Nobel Prize

Reuters September 25, 2019 17:21:12 IST
Greta Thunberg wins Sweden’s 'alternative Nobel Prize'; teen climate activist shares award with Davi Kopenawa, Guo Jianmei and Aminatou Haidar
  • Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg was named on Wednesday as one of four winners of the 2019 Right Livelihood Award, known as Sweden’s alternative Nobel Prize

  • Thunberg, 16, denounced world leaders on Monday for failing to tackle climate change in a speech at the start of a climate summit at the United Nations in New York

  • Thunberg shares the award with Brazilian indigenous leader Davi Kopenawa of the Yanomami people, Chinese women's rights lawyer Guo Jianmei and Western Sahara human rights defender Aminatou Haidar

Stockholm: Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg was named on Wednesday as one of four winners of the 2019 Right Livelihood Award, 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.

Greta Thunberg wins Swedens alternative Nobel Prize teen climate activist shares award with Davi Kopenawa Guo Jianmei and Aminatou Haidar

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg speaking at a summit in Vienna on May 28, 2019. Reuters

Thunberg, 16, denounced world leaders on Monday for failing to tackle climate change in a speech at the start of a climate summit at the United Nations in New York. She started solitary weekly protests outside Swedish parliament a year ago. Inspired by her, millions of young people poured onto streets around the world last Friday to demand governments attending the summit take emergency action.

Thunberg shares the award with Brazilian indigenous leader Davi Kopenawa of the Yanomami people, Chinese women’s rights lawyer Guo Jianmei and Western Sahara human rights defender Aminatou Haidar.

“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,” the foundation said in the statement.

The four laureates will received a cash award of one million Swedish crowns ($103,000) each.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Former IOC vice president says UN could rule on Summer Games
Sports

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Former IOC vice president says UN could rule on Summer Games

Gosper, still an honorary IOC member, made the suggestion to Australia's national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

NBA: Lakers rout OKC for franchise-record 7-0 road start; Trail Blazers tie franchise record 23 3-pointers
Sports

NBA: Lakers rout OKC for franchise-record 7-0 road start; Trail Blazers tie franchise record 23 3-pointers

The defending champions Lakers have won four straight to improve to an NBA-best 10-3. They surpassed the 1985-86 squad with the 7-0 road start

NBA: D'Angelo Russell, Timberwolves snap 7-game losing streak; Kawhi Leonard gets 10,000th point in Clippers win
Sports

NBA: D'Angelo Russell, Timberwolves snap 7-game losing streak; Kawhi Leonard gets 10,000th point in Clippers win

This was the first time the Timberwolves had held an opponent to under 100 points since 2 January, 2020.