Story at a glance

  • The 17-year-old received the Right Livelihood Award in December.
  • The roughly $100,000 that came with the award will be used to create Thunberg’s foundation.
  • The award is often described as an alternative Nobel Prize.

Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg is donating prize money she received from an award known as the alternative Nobel Prize to establish a nonprofit organization in her name. 

The 17-year-old was the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award in December. She will now use the $100,000 prize to establish the Greta Thunberg Foundation in Sweden, which will “promote ecological and social sustainability, as well as mental health,” according to the Right Livelihood Foundation. 

“We are convinced that Thunberg’s new foundation will have a great impact and empower much-needed change,” Ole Von Uexkuell, executive director of the Right Livelihood Foundation, said in a statement Thursday

Thunberg has garnered worldwide attention since 2018, when she began missing school to protest against what she claimed was inaction by world leaders to take on climate change. Since then, she has spoken out on the world stage and encouraged students to skip school to join protests demanding action on environmental issues, a movement that has grown beyond Sweden and spread across the globe. 

She was named Time magazine’s 2019 “Person of the Year,” and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for the second consecutive year this month by two Swedish legislators.

Published on Feb 20, 2020