After being awarded $100,000, the Swedish climate change activist, Greta Thunberg has decided to donate all of her prize money to a special cause.
Keep scrolling for the full story, and to hear what she said about her remarkable gesture...
Greta Thunberg has done many amazing things in her short life...
via: GettyBut her most recent gesture may have just topped them all.
But first, let's recap...
via: GettyIn the last couple of years, the seventeen-year-old activist has risen to unprecedented levels of fame regarding her fierce passion for climate change and the environment.
But, just over a year ago, she was relatively unknown.
via: TwitterGreta would regularly sit on her own outside Swedish parliament, first staging a "School Strike for Climate" in August last year. In the weeks leading up to the country’s general election, Thunberg sat on the steps outside of the parliament building in Stockholm, holding up the now-iconic sign that read “Skolstrejk För Klimatet" — translating to “school strike for climate."
The teen would sit outside the building during school hours for 3 weeks.Paris Agreement. By sacrificing her education to protest for action, Thunberg began to conjure up attention and gain traction online.
Her unwavering commitment to the environment has woken the rest of the world.
Thunberg is known for delivering blistering, matter-of-fact speeches about the urgency of what she calls the "climate crisis."
And she has gone to great lengths to fight her cause.
And her youth school strike movement hs continued to grow on a mass scale.
She's also backed by a whole host of famous faces.Michelle Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
It's been a busy year for the teen.2019 Right Livelihood Award, which is widely known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize," as well as honored as TIME's Person of the Year.
But, in recent months, she's had to make her activism digital.
via: GettyThe ongoing medical pandemic has brought a temporary halt to the teenager's protests, rallies, speeches, and appearances.
But that doesn't mean she hasn't been continuing with her work.
We can’t solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis and we must unite behind experts and science. This of cours… https://t.co/DdK03MXSQk— Greta Thunberg (@Greta Thunberg)1583928301.0
In a lengthy thread, she urged people to listen to the experts.
The climate and ecological crisis is the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced but for now (of course depending on… https://t.co/eJdYxMZRvQ— Greta Thunberg (@Greta Thunberg)1583928372.0
But, despite remaining in quarantine herself...
via: GettyThe activist reportedly suffered from symptoms of the virus.
Last month, she took to Instagram to inform her fans of her condition...
via: GettyWhere she wrote: "When I returned from my trip around Central Europe I isolated myself (in a borrowed apartment away from my mother and sister) since the number of cases of COVID-19 (in Germany for instance) were similar to Italy in the beginning."
Around ten days into her quarantine, she started to experience the symptoms.
via: Getty"I started feeling some symptoms, exactly the same time as my father - who traveled with me from Brussels. I was feeling tired, had shivers, a sore throat, and coughed. My dad experienced the same symptoms, but much more intense and with a fever."
Because of restrictions in Sweden, Greta didn't get tested for the virus.
via: Getty"I have therefore not been tested for COVID-19, but it’s extremely likely that I’ve had it, given the combined symptoms and circumstances."
Luckily, Greta made a full recovery.
via: GettyBut she had a strong message for her followers. "AND THIS IS THE BOTTOM LINE: I almost didn’t feel ill. My last cold was much worse than this! Had it not been for someone else having the virus simultaneously I might not even have suspected anything. Then I would just have thought I was feeling unusually tired with a bit of a cough. And this is what makes it so much more dangerous."