Amnesty International awards its highest honour to Greta Thunberg and #FridaysForFuture climate movement
One of the world's most influential and admired human rights organization is shining a spotlight on youths trying to save humanity on Earth.
Amnesty International has given its Ambassadors of Conscience 2019 award to Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg and the #FridaysForFuture movement.
Thunberg, 16, started going on strike from school last year on Fridays and holding protests outside the Swedish parliament to push legislators to take far more dramatic action to address the climate crisis.
She has inspired other students around the world, including in Vancouver, to hold their own Friday climate strikes.
"This is not my award, this is everyone's award," Thunberg said. "It is amazing to see the recognition that we are getting and know that we are fighting for something that is having an impact."
Thunberg has also refused to board carbon-spewing airplanes to attend speaking events in other cities.
This is spurring others to think more about whether they should be flying to other destinations to reduce their carbon footprints.
"We are humbled and inspired by the determination with which youth activists across the world are challenging us all to confront the realities of the climate crisis," Amnesty International secretary general Kumi Naidoo said in a news release. "Every young person taking part in Fridays for Future embodies what it means to act on your conscience. They remind us that we are more powerful than we know and that we all have a role to play in protecting human rights against climate catastrophe.”
The Amnesty International honour came after carbon dioxide equivalents were measured in excess of 415 parts per million in the atmosphere.
That's the highest concentration in 800,000 years.