Many people are not yet aware that climate change, migration and human rights are connected, said Greta Thunberg. In Washington, she received the most important award from Amnesty International.
The climate activist Greta Thunberg and the protest movement Fridays for Future received the most prestigious award from Amnesty International in Washington. The award was for “all the fearless youngsters who are fighting for their future”, said the 16-year-old Swede at the awards ceremony.
Thunberg has protested 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 supporters.
For many people, the connection between climate change and migration, hunger and the violation of human rights is still not clear, said Thunberg. She called for action. “People die! And so many of us are still looking away”, she lamented.
“Young people are often told that they are the leaders of tomorrow”, said Amnesty Secretary General Kumi Naidoo, He was glad that Greta Thunberg and the many other young activists had not heard. “If they wait until tomorrow, there will be no future for any of us”. Amnesty Secretary-General in the United States, Margaret Huang, praised the perseverance of the movement.
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. Awards went to Czech civil rights activist Vaclav Havel and Pakistani child rights activist Malala Yousafzai.
Greta Thunberg has spread her protest around the world and arrived in the United States just over two weeks ago. Last Friday, she demanded more climate protection from the White House with hundreds of children and adolescents. Next Friday, she wants to be in New York on the global climate strike of the movement.