Climate activist Thunberg among winners of 'Alternative Nobel Prize'
Climate activist Greta Thunberg. EFE/EPA
Copenhagen (EFE-EPA).- The Right Livelihood Award, commonly referred to as the Alternative Nobel Prize, on Wednesday honored Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, Sahrawi human rights defender Aminatou Haidar, Chinese women's rights lawyer Guo Jianmei and Brazilian indigenous leader Davi Kopenawa Yanomami.
Created in 1980 by German-Swedish writer Jakob von Uexküll, the Right Livelihood Award looks to "honor and support courageous people solving global problems."
In what was the 40th annual announcement, Ole von Uexküll, the nephew of the founder, said Thunburg was chosen for "inspiring and amplifying political demands for climate action."
"Thunberg is the powerful voice of a young generation that will have to bear the consequences of today's political failure to stop climate change.
"Her resolve to not put up with the looming climate disaster has inspired millions of people to also raise their voices and demand immediate climate action."
Thunberg, 16, began her climate strikes just over a year ago and soon gained media attention when she decided to skip school every Friday to protest outside the Swedish parliament building, which came to be known as Fridays for Future.
Her profile has grown rapidly in the space of a year and over the weekend she led global protests observed by millions of people all across the world.
Von Uexküll described her as "one of the most effective civil society leaders of our time."