The annual Right Livelihood Award honors efforts that the prize founder, Swedish-German philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull, felt were being ignored by the Nobel prizes. The jury had considered 142 nominations from 59 countries. An award ceremony is planned in Stockholm on Dec. 4. Thunberg’s campaign, begun on Aug. 20, 2018 when she held solitary demonstrations outside Sweden’s parliament. Her protest has inspired millions across the world. On Monday at the U.N. Climate Action Summit, Thunberg said: “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and yet all you can talk about is money. You are failing us.”
There are plenty of politicians and regular voters claiming to be inspired by her words and passion. President Donald Trump mocked Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg on Twitter late Monday night. “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!” Trump posted on Twitter. She did not name Trump or any other world leaders in her speech, but her message was pointed. Climate change is the defining challenge of our time.