Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is among four people who have won a Right Livelihood Award, also known as the “alternative Nobel”.

The prize foundation said Wednesday that Thunberg is being recognised “for inspiring and amplifying political demands for urgent climate action reflecting scientific facts.”

The foundation said that the 16-year-old, who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, “personifies the notion that everyone has the power to create change.

Her example has inspired and empowered people from all walks of life to demand political action.”

Created in 1980, 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 four winners will each receive 1 million kronor. (AP)