The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize-nominated teen climate activist Greta Thunberg already made sure the prize money acquired by winning the Right Livelihood Award (an accolade known as the “alternative Nobel Prize”) would be going to a good place. The one million Swedish kronor ($100,000) reward will be used by Thunberg to set up the Greta Thunberg Foundation.
Announced last month (January 29), Greta mentioned the foundation in an Instagram post saying “the foundation’s aim will be to promote ecological, climatic and social sustainability as well as mental health.”
Greta has become the youngest recipient of the Right Livelihood Award. She was also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019, in recognition of her activism related to the climate crisis, which will also feature in a new documentary series with the BBC.
She also said that it is: “something that is needed for handling money (book royalties, donations, prize money, etc) in a completely transparent way.”
The promise from Executive Director of the Right Livelihood Foundation Ole von Uexkull to support Greta and her foundation in all ways possible and help “fight for ecological and social sustainability” has been vouchsafed in a statement posted February 20.