For many (not only) young people, Greta Thunberg is a role model in her fight for the climate. The Swedish activist and the protest movement Fridays For Future have now received the most prestigious award from Amnesty International in Washington.
The award goes to "all the fearless youth fighting for their future," said the 16-year-old on Monday (local time ) at the award ceremony.
Thunberg has been protesting for more than a year for more climate protection. Their weekly school strike has turned into an international climate protest movement with hundreds of thousands of followers.
For many people, the connection between climate change and migration, hunger and the violation of human rights is still not clear, Thunberg said. She called to action, "People are dying and yet so many of us are still looking away."
"Young people are often told that they are the leaders of tomorrow," said Amnesty General Secretary Kumi Naidoo. He was glad that Thunberg and the many other young activists had not heard. "If they wait until tomorrow, there will be no future for any of us." US Secretary of Amnesty Margaret Huang praised the "perseverance" of the movement.
First the trip by boat, then the demo in front of the White House
With the so-called Ambassador of Conscience Award, Amnesty honors artists and other personalities who stand up for the defense of human rights. The prize has been awarded since 2003. The awards went to Czech civil rights activist Vaclav Havel and Pakistani child rights activist Malala Yousafzai.
Last Friday she demanded more climate protection in front of the White House with several hundred children and adolescents. A meeting with US President Donald Trump, who does not necessarily excel as a climate fighter, the Swede had been excluded in advance. On Friday she wants to participate in the global climate strike of the movement Fridays For Future in New York.