Greta Thunberg is a young activist who has defied all odds to make her voice heard across the globe with her awareness about the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Kicking off her climate activism at the age of fifteen, Greta has shared the stage with a number of world political and business leaders, hinting on the importance of reducing CO2 emissions across the world. Thus, she has been recognized with numerous accolades which have boosted Greta Thunberg’s net worth. According to the site Idol Persona, Greta Thunberg’s net worth is $1 million, although the exact figures have never been revealed officially.
Having established a non-profit eponymous foundation in early 2020, along with making eye-catching donations towards COVID-19 relief projects, topics about the worth of the teen climate activist have recently been making headlines in many media outlets. Now let’s delve more into her financial standing, as well as her inspiring activism work and its effects thus far.
How Greta Thunberg Builds Her Net Worth From Prize Money And Book Royalties
Following her work to halt climate change since 2018, Thunberg has won a handful of prizes from non-governmental organizations, as well as scientific institutions through which her net worth has experienced exponential growth. In the year 2018, she won the Fryshuset Scholarship for Young Role Model of the Year and also, was nominated for Noble Peace Prize in 2019, as well as 2020.
She further received Swedish Woman of the Year Award, Rachel Carson Prize, Goldene Kamera Film and Television Award, Fritt Ord Award, and Laudato si’ Prize, all in early 2019. In the very same year, Greta Thunberg’s net worth had a rise through the prize money the teenager climate warrior earned from other awards and honors such as Ambassador of Conscience Award from the Amnesty International, The Royal Scottish Geographical Society’s Geddes Environment Medal, Sweden’s alternative Nobel Prize (Right Livelihood Award), International Children’s Peace Prize, Keys to the City of Montréal, among others.
I’m extremely honoured to receive the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity. We’re in a climate emergency, and my foundation will as quickly as possible donate all the prize money of 1 million Euros to support … ->
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) July 20, 2020
Also, Greta emerged Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 2019, Glamour Magazine’s Woman of the Year 2019, and equally made the 2019 Forbes list of 100 Most Powerful Women in the World. Then in 2020, the climate warrior’s influential activism landed her Human Act Award with prize money of $100,000 and Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity alongside prize money of €1 million.
She Signed a Book Deal In The Year 2019
Thunberg has additionally increased her finances through book royalties, having signed a book deal with the Penguin UK for a collection of her speeches entitled “No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference”, published in June 2019 as a paperback with a price tag of £2.99. In the previous year, “Scenes From the Heart, an autobiography she co-wrote with her opera singer mom, Malena Ernman, father, Svante Thunberg who is an actor and sister, Beata Ernman, was published.
Though there has been a growing interest surrounding the environmental activist’s net worth, the exact figure has never been revealed officially despite Idol Persona estimating her financial value to be around $1 million. There have also been speculations about Greta Thunberg earning massively from her work as an activist and equally from social media ads, having cultivated a cult following on Instagram and Twitter where she has over 10.5 million followers and more than 4.1 million followers respectively. Well, these are mere speculations that are far from being the truth.
Highlights Of Greta Thunberg’s Prestigious Awards And Honors
- Fryshuset scholarship, 2018, for Young Role Model of the Year.
- TIME’S 25 most influential teens of 2018, December 2018, an annual list compiled by Time magazine of the most influential teenagers in the world that year
- Nobel Peace Prize nominations (2019, 2020)
- Swedish Woman of the Year (Årets Svenska Kvinna), March 2019
- Rachel Carson Prize (2019)
- Laudato si’ Prize (2019)
- The Geddes Environment Medal (2019)
- Sweden’s alternative Nobel Prize (2019)
- International Children’s Peace Prize (2019)
- Keys to the City of Montréal (2019)
- Human Act Award (2020)
- Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity (2020)
List Of Her Published Works
- Scenes From The Heart (2018)
- No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference (2019)
The Swedish Environmental Activist Has Used Her Fortune To Fund Humanitarian Projects
Despite earning a fortune with her climate change activism, Greta Thunberg has made sure she spent all her earnings on charitable projects. In February 2020, she established the Greta Thunberg Foundation in her country, Sweden using the prize money ($100,000) she got from winning Right Livelihood Award in December 2019. The non-profit organization now handles the money she earns through donations, book royalties, and prizes.
Through the foundation, Greta has also donated funds to groups that fight to protect the environment and battle the impact of climate change. In April 2020, she donated $100,000 prize money she received from Human Act, a Danish foundation to UNICEF in support of their work to save children’s lives and equally to fight coronavirus. In like manner, Greta Thunberg who has become eminent for her calls for change at the highest level donated the €1 million prize money received for winning the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity to diverse organizations working to halt climate change and to protect the environment.
She pledged the first €100,000 of the prize money to the Fridays For Future Brazil following their SOS Amazonia Campaign towards the control of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Amazon. She also made another donation to the Stop Ecocide Foundation through her non-profit organization.
School Strike For Climate Marked The Beginning Of Thunberg’s Activism Career
Greta Thunberg who has become a leading figure among young climate activists kicked off awareness about climate change after suffering from depression over the ecological crisis at the age of 11. After emerging the winner of a climate change essay competition organised by the Swedish newspaper, Svenska Dagbladet in May 2018, Thunberg embarked on a one-woman protest, holding up a sign; School Strike for Climate outside of the Swedish parliament called the Riksdag three months later.
She skipped school for three weeks, demanding for a 15 per cent cut of carbon emissions per year from the government. In late 2018, she galvanized followers throughout Europe as thousands of students held strikes only on Fridays in over 250 cities thus, leading to Greta’s Fridays for Future movement. Then in the following year, precisely in July, the teen climate activist took a year-long break from school.
Early numbers confirm at least
7 million people joined the #weekforfuture climate strikes! Thank you everyone, especially the local organisers! The #weekforfuture is one of the biggest global demonstrations in history. This is just the beginning! #climatestrike #fridaysforfuture pic.twitter.com/CDPZ2C2hjd
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) September 28, 2019
She travelled to countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States, taking part in the global climate strike demonstrations while meeting with her fans from the climate movement. She led what has been described as the largest climate change protest in history in September 2019 when millions of young activists in over 150 countries took part in the Global Climate Strike demonstration, demanding for wholesome climate policies and the reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions.
Through this movement, she has created awareness for the existential crisis emanating from climate change which humanity is currently facing. She returned to school in August 2020 and has continued digital strike on social media due to coronavirus pandemic.
She Has Delivered Inspiring Speeches At Many Climate Summits In Different Countries
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) April 17, 2019
Since beginning School Strike for Climate, Greta Thunberg has risen to prominence on the world stage. She has been invited to speak in many climate change summits where she has tactfully displayed her straightforward speaking manner trying to force world leaders to take action on climate change. Following her speech at the United Nations Climate Summit in the year 2018 which went viral, Greta became a household name.
She also spoke at TEDxStockholm in November 2018. Then in the next year, she addressed the world leaders on the need to halt the climate change by listening to the scientists at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Living by example, Greta Thunberg captured many news headlines in August 2019, when she crossed the Atlantic Ocean, sailing from Plymouth, United Kingdom to New York, United States aboard Maliza II, a racing yacht owned by a Monegasque royal, Pierre Casiraghi.
Thank you once again to @borisherrmann , Pierre Casiraghi, team Malizia and everyone else who helped us along the way. I will never forget this trip – nor the ones who made it possible. #UniteBehindTheScience pic.twitter.com/CIXoJyegad
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) August 31, 2019
The voyage which lasted for two weeks left no carbon footprint as the young activist used the medium to highlight how travel impacts the planet. She attended the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit in New York and with the rescheduling of the COP25 Climate Change Conference to Spain instead of Chile where it was first scheduled to be held, Greta Thunberg made a return voyage aboard the catamaran La Vagabonde, arriving at the Port of Lisbon on December 3rd, 2019 after departing on November 13th.
The Astounding Effects Of Greta’s Work On Climate Change
Now over 120 000 people have signed our open letter and demands to EU- and global leaders!
This is a list of actions that would give us a fighting chance to avoid a climate disaster.#FaceTheClimateEmergency
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) July 30, 2020
Following Greta Thunberg’s mobilization of younger generations for the cause of climate change and their constant demand of world leaders to halt the ecological crisis, the influence of her work has been acclaimed by many politicians including UK Environment secretary, Michael Gove and 2020 US Presidential candidates – Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders. Through her strong awareness about the climate crisis, the European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker has promised to tackle climate change with billions of dollars.
Furthermore, her campaign to fly less because of the carbon emissions from aeroplanes has led to a 4 per cent drop in domestic air travel in Sweden in the year 2019 and a rise in the use of trains for domestic journeys.