Greta Thunberg gives €1m award money to climate groups
Greta Thunberg will donate one million euros from the new Gulbenkian Prize to combat "the climate and ecological crisis"
The first donations of the Swedish activist have benefited a campaign to fight the coronavirus in the Brazilian Amazon and a lobby that seeks to judge the 'ecocide' in The Hague
Swedish activist Greta Thunberg announced on Monday that she will donate one million euros to "projects to combat the climate and ecological crisis" prize for the new Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity with which she has been awarded.
According to the activist herself, the first 100,000 euros will be donated to SOS Amazonia, a Fridays for Future Brazil crowdfunding campaign that seeks combat the coronavirus, buy medical supplies and offer telemedicine services to residents of the Brazilian Amazon.
The second donation of 100,000 euros will benefit the Stop Ecocide Foundation, an organization that seeks to "make 'ecocide' an international crime" and to try those responsible for the large-scale destruction of natural resources at the International Criminal Court.
"It is more money than I can imagine, but all the money from this award will be donated through my foundation to different organizations and projects that help people in the face of the climate and ecological crisis, especially in the south of the planet", explained the 17-year-old teenager in a video published on her Twitter account.
THE NEW GULBENKIAN AWARD
The Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity awarded to Greta Thunberg is a new Portuguese award endowed with a million euros that aim to distinguish individuals or organizations that have excelled in "mitigation and adaptation to climate change".
The name of Thunberg, 17, has been announced at the headquarters of the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon by the president of the institution, Isabel Mota, who points out in a statement that this award underscores the "commitment" of the institution "to the urgency of climate action. "
The Swedish activist won out of 136 nominations from 46 countries and was chosen with broad consensus, as explained in a note by the president of the jury for the award, former President of Portugal Jorge Sampaio.
"The way Greta Thunberg managed to mobilize younger generations for the cause of the climate and her tenacious struggle to change a status quo that persists in persisting, make her one of the most memorable figures of today," says Sampaio.
The Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity intends to help in its cause, granting a grant of one million euros that "will be applied by the Thunberg Foundation in projects to combat the climate and ecological crisis."
"I am incredibly honored and extremely grateful," Thunberg said in a video sent to the organizers of the award, whom she says she hopes the money will serve her "to make a difference."
The jury that chose the young Swedish woman as the winner of this first edition is made up, among others, of the German Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founder and director emeritus of the Potsdam Institute for Research on Climate Impact, or the Spanish Miguel Arias Canete, former European Commissioner of Energy and Climate Action.
The Swedish teenager was awarded in 2019 the 'Right Livelihood Award', considered an alternative Nobel, worth 100,000 euros. In February, it announced the creation of a foundation to redistribute those funds.
In addition, in October 2019, Greta Thunberg declined an award from the Nordic Council, considering that "the climate movement no longer needed awards."
On Friday, Thunberg celebrated the 100th week of student climate protests that started with a lone vigil outside the Swedish parliament in mid-2018.
His example has inspired millions of young people around the world to skip classes on Fridays to march and put political attention on stopping climate change, protests that are currently taking place over the internet due to the restrictions of the coronavirus.