Greta Thunberg Wins 'Alternative Nobel Peace Prize' and Receives $100,000 | 22 Words

It's been a pretty busy week for climate change activist, Greta Thunberg. On Monday, the sixteen-year-old addressed world leaders at the U.N. Climate Summit, delivering a powerful, stinging speech about the urgency of the climate crisis. Then, after crossing paths with no other than President Trump in the lobby, fired the ultimate death stare, which subsequently went viral online.

And now, after a jam-packed few days, the teen has bagged the 2019 Right Livelihood Award, which is widely known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize," for her pioneering work in the youth climate change movement.

She's scooped up a pretty impressive cash prize too. Keep scrolling to find out more about her big win.

Greta Thunberg has become the face of the youth climate change movement.

The Swedish sixteen-year-old has been responsible for the global school strike movement, which began with weekly friday school strikes to protest for climate change action.

Just a year ago, she was relatively unknown.

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Greta 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 sat outside the building during school hours for 3 weeks.

Her demands were that the Swedish government reduce carbon emissions in accordance with the Paris Agreement. By sacrificing her education to protest for action, the teen began to conjure up attention and gain traction online.

Her unwavering commitment to the environment has woken the rest of the world.

While a little over a year ago, the name "Greta Thunberg" was relatively unknown, now, her's is the first name that springs to mind when you think of the climate change movement.

Thunberg is known for delivering blistering, matter-of-fact speeches about the urgency of what she calls the "climate crisis."

If we fast-forward to now, Thunberg continues to hold governments accountable during her powerful talks, which have seen her nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and placed in TIME's top one-hundred influential people in the world list.

Her message is clear: we need to act now.

Having whipped up a gigantic global youth movement, climate change is finally getting the attention it deserves, but Thunberg still believes that governments are the ones who still aren't listening. According to the United Nations, humanity has under twelve years to prevent a climate change crisis. A report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) at the end of 2018 called for immediate “unprecedented changes" to all aspects of society.

If we do not act, the future, if there is one at all, will be very bleak.

Rising global temperatures pose a high risk of social and environmental disasters, including floods, drought, wildfires, and food shortages for millions of people across our planet.

Thunberg has gone to great lengths to fight her cause.

In July, the teen ditched environmentally damaging air travel and sailed across the Atlantic to attend the U.N. climate summits in the U.S. and Chile.

Little by little, her trailblazing activism seems to be sinking in.

According to Live Kindly, earlier this year, Mohammed Barkindo — the secretary-general of OPEC (the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) — acknowledged public opinion surrounding the climate crisis as a threat to the oil industry.

And her youth school strike movement is growing on a mass scale.

On September 20, millions around the world, from London to New York, Sydney to Colombia, ditched the classroom to peacefully protest for climate action in what Thunberg dubs "Fridays for Future."

But, Thunberg's movement has been met with waves of criticism.

Her activism has seen her labelled "melodramatic" amongst other things, as well as others saying that she is being used as a political shield.

But her critics don't phase her...

Yesterday, Thunberg addressed world leaders at the U.N. Climate Summit and delivered a blistering, anger-tinged speech demanding climate action.

The event is dedicated to world leaders sharing climate solutions and new pledges for climate action.

During her powerful speech, Thunberg highlighted how the science behind climate change has been "crystal clear" for over 3 decades. "I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope? How dare you!" she said. "You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words."

As she spoke, the teen got visibly emotional.

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"People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!" She continued: "How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you are doing enough when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight." "You say you 'hear' us and that you understand the urgency. But no matter how sad and angry I am, I don’t want to believe that. Because if you fully understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil. And I refuse to believe that."

She concluded with a poignant message: change is coming, whether you like it or not.

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"You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you. "We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not."

After her speech, the teen activist happened to cross paths with Donald Trump in the lobby.

Safe to say, she understandably isn't his biggest fan and shot him the most intense death stare we've ever seen.

The video has gone viral online.

When faced with one of the world's most powerful leaders, Thunberg remains fearless, and her death stare has become a somewhat internet sensation.

As you'd expect, Donald Trump had something to say about the whole thing.

In usual Trump-style, he took to Twitter to seemingly mock the teen, writing "She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!" above a video of her speech.

His swipe radiated sarcasm.

And of course, people slammed the president for attacking the young activist

It's been a busy few days for the teen.

And today is no exception as she has been listed as 1 of 4 winners of the 2019 Right Livelihood Award, which is widely known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize."

Thunberg has been honored with the prize for her "inspiring" work.

According to a statement from the Right Livelihood Foundation, "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."

Thunberg joins 3 other winners who bagged the award too.

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

Thunberg, along with the other winners, has scooped up a pretty impressive cash prize.

According to Reuters, the 4 winners will each receive a cash award of one million Swedish krona ($103,000).

Here's how Thunberg reacted to her win...

The climate change activist said she "shared the award with the many people and adults who have joined her in her environmental crusade. "I'm deeply grateful for being one of the recipients of this great honor."

Although she was quick to say that she isn't the sole winner.

"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 defense of our living planet. I share this award with them," she added. " The Right Livelihood Award is a huge recognition for Fridays For Future and the climate strike movement. Thank you so very much!" It's an impressive win. Well done Greta. If you want to learn more about the climate crisis, keep scrolling to read a story about a scientist with a rather strange solution to global warming.