KA-CHING! Angry Teen Environmentalist ‘Wins’ $100,000 In ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ Award
That didn’t take long.
Greta Thunberg, the angry young climatologist making headlines all over the world, has “won” 1 million Swedish kronor ($103,000) for her angry crusade to stop global warming.
The 16-year-old is among four people named as the winners of a Right Livelihood Award, also called the “Alternative Nobel Prize.”
“We honour and support courageous people solving global problems,” says their website. What problem Thunberg has “solved” is unclear.
“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 peers to also raise their voices and demand immediate climate action,” says the site.
Thunberg is quoted in the award announcement:
“I’m deeply grateful for being one of the recipients of this great honour. But of course, 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. I share this award with them. The Right Livelihood Award is a huge recognition for Fridays For Future and the climate strike movement. Thank you so very much!”
An award ceremony is planned in Stockholm on Dec. 4, six days before the Nobel prizes are handed out, but Thunberg will be in Chile for a climate summit so likely won’t attend.
Thunberg’s campaign to save the world began in August 2018, when she began protesting one day a week outside Sweden’s parliament. She arrived in New York last month after a two-week journey by yacht (she refuses to fly).
In her address on Monday at the United Nations, Thunberg said: “This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you have come to us young people for hope. How dare you? ‘You have stolen my dreams, my childhood with your empty words.
“Yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you?! The eyes of future generations are on you and if you choose to fail us I say we will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with this.”
But now, it looks like Thunberg’s yacht has come in.