Greta Thunberg plans to donate a million euros prize

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Greta Thunberg in a photograph taken in Geneva, Switzerland August 8, 2019.FABRICE COFFRINI | AFP | Getty Images

Climate activist Greta Thunberg plans to donate a prize of one million euros ($ 1.14 million) to organizations focused on the environment and climate change.The 17-year-old Swede was named the winner of the first Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity on Monday. In one video, she describes herself as “incredibly honored and extremely grateful … it means a lot to me and I hope it helps me do more good in the world”.

“All cash prizes will be donated through my foundation to different organizations and projects that work to help people on the front lines affected by the climate and ecological crisis, especially in the South,” she continued. .

She added that this money “would also help organizations and projects that fight for a sustainable world and that fight to defend nature and the natural world”.

Breaking down the initial donations, Thunberg tweeted that 100,000 euros would be donated to the “SOS Amazonia Campaign led by Fridays For Future Brazil to fight Covid-19 in the Amazon”. 100,000 additional euros will go to the Stop Ecocide Foundation.

The Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity says that it “aims to recognize individuals, groups of people and / or organizations around the world whose contributions to climate change mitigation and adaptation are distinguished by their novelty, their innovation and its impact. ”

The Portugal-based Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation was established in the 1950s following the death of Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian, a wealthy businessman and philanthropist with interests in oil.

Since a protest began in front of the Swedish parliament in 2018, Thunberg has grown into a global prominence, becoming the figurehead in a series of school strikes by children around the world.

This is not the first time that she has donated prizes to organizations and causes she supports. In April, after winning the Human Act Prize, she said she would donate the $ 100,000 prize to UNICEF. The Human Act Award matched Thunberg’s donation with an additional $ 100,000.

River pollution

Thunberg’s donation came the same week that research by the Royal Holloway, the Zoological Society of London and the Natural History Museum painted a vivid picture of how plastic pollution affects the River Thames in London.

In an announcement on Tuesday, Royal Holloway – which is part of the University of London – said three studies by postgraduate students in its biosciences department had shown that microplastics were “present in large quantities throughout the world. Thames and are ingested by wildlife ”.

One of the studies estimated that during peaks of the ebb tide – when water flows out to sea – 94,000 pieces of microplastic move down parts of the river every second, while another found that about 95% of Mitten crabs examined had “tangled plastic” in their stomachs. . A third looked at the impact of “non-disposable” and “disposable” wet wipes.

“Taken together, these studies show how many different types of plastics, from microplastics in the water to larger debris physically altering the foreshore, can potentially affect a wide range of organisms in the Thames,” Dave Morritt, professor at Royal Holloway, said in a statement.

“The increased use of single-use plastic items and the inappropriate disposal of these items, including masks and gloves, as well as cleaning products containing plastic, during the current Covid-19 pandemic, could make this problem worse, ”he added.

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