On Monday it was announced that the first edition of the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity was awarded to young Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg…

The annual Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity aims to recognise people, groups of people and/or organisations from all over the world whose contributions to mitigation and adaptation to climate change stand out for its novelty, innovation and impact.

Shortly after hearing that she had won, Thunberg released a video statement saying that the prize money would be distributed to needy organisations through her foundation.

“I’m extremely honoured to receive the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity,” said Thunberg.

“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 organisations and projects that are fighting for a sustainable world, defending nature and supporting people already facing the worst impacts of the climate and ecological crisis — particularly those living in the Global South.”

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“Starting with giving €100,000 to the SOS Amazonia campaign, led by Fridays For Future Brazil to tackle Covid-19 in the Amazon, and €100,000 to the Stop Ecocide Foundation to support their work to make ecocide an international crime.”

 

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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 organizations and projects that are fighting for a sustainable world, defending nature and supporting people already facing the worst impacts of the climate- and ecological crisis — particularly those living in the Global South.? Starting with giving €100.000 to the SOS Amazonia Campaign led by @FridaysForFutureBrasil to tackle COVID-19 in the Amazon, and €100.000 to the Stop Ecocide Foundation (@ecocidelaw ) to support their work to make ecocide an international crime. @fcgulbenkian #facetheclimateemergency

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Giving a voice to the younger generation

Thunberg has become a prominent environmental activist, giving a voice to the concerns of young generations about their future.

“Her global influence is unprecedented for someone of her age,” according to the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity panel.

She was considered to be one of the 100 most influential personalities of the world by Time Magazine and awarded the title “Person of the Year by this magazine in 2019; the Forbes Magazine has also included her in the list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women of 2019 and she was nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize (2019 and 2020).

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