The Right Livelihood Award: One million SEK to Greta Thunberg’s new foundation
In December, Greta Thunberg was celebrated as a Laureate of the 2019 Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’. Today, the Right Livelihood Foundation is announcing that Thunberg’s prize money of 1 million SEK has been used to establish The Greta Thunberg Foundation. The purpose of Thunberg’s new non-profit is to promote ecological and social sustainability, as well as mental health.
“We are delighted that the prize money from the Right Livelihood Award has enabled the establishment of The Greta Thunberg Foundation. In addition to the prize money, the Award also comes with long-term support. We promise to support Thunberg and her new foundation in every way we can to fight for ecological and social sustainability” said Ole von Uexkull, Executive Director of the Right Livelihood Foundation.
At the end of January, Greta Thunberg announced on Instagram that she had established a new foundation. In Sweden, capital is needed to set up a foundation. That is why Thunberg presented her idea to the Right Livelihood Foundation at the end of 2019, and shortly after that, Thunberg’s prize money of 1 million SEK (94,000 EUR), was transferred to enable the establishment of The Greta Thunberg Foundation. Thunberg’s new foundation will use the prize money from the Right Livelihood Award for its charitable purposes.
“Both urgent and long-term actions are needed to stop climate change and create societies that are sustainable from multiple perspectives. Mental illness is a growing problem around the world, which is often overlooked. We are convinced that Thunberg’s new foundation will have a great impact and empower much-needed change.” said Ole von Uexkull.
The Greta Thunberg Foundation was created to be able to channel donations, prize money and other income to charities in a transparent way. The foundation is currently planning its future operations, and Thunberg will share further information when it is up and running.
Greta Thunberg received the Right Livelihood Award in 2019 “for inspiring and amplifying political demands for urgent climate action reflecting scientific facts.”
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