Greta Thunberg receives $ 1.15 million Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity and will donate to climate groups


Teenage Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg just received $ 1.15 million in prizes for the 2020 Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity – and she’s already pledged to give her all to environmental groups.

“It’s more money than I can begin to imagine, but all the prizes will be donated, through my foundation, to different organizations and projects that are working to help people on the front lines, affected by the climate crisis and the ecological crisis, ”Thunberg said in a video posted to his Twitter account Monday.

Thunberg was chosen from a pool of 136 nominees selected by a panel of “internationally renowned figures” in various fields of science, technology, politics and culture, according to the Portugal-based Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, which manages the price.

“The way in which Greta Thunberg has been able to mobilize the younger generations for the cause of climate change and her tenacious struggle to change a status quo that persists, makes her one of the most remarkable figures today,” said Jorge Sampaio, chairman of the awards committee.

The first € 200,000 (approximately $ 231,000) will be donated to the SOS Amazonia campaign fighting COVID-19 in Brazil and to an organization called the Stop Ecocide Foundation, which aims to do “ecocides”, widespread damage or destruction of ecosystems caused by events, including oil spills, deforestation or pollution, an international crime.


Thunberg, born in 2003, quickly became an international figure thanks to her advocacy for the climate two years ago.

She crossed the Atlantic Ocean last summer to speak at the United Nations – where she scolded world leaders in a widely circulated speech.

And then she was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019.

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends the “Europe Climate Strike” rally in Brussels, Belgium, March 6, 2020. REUTERS / Johanna Geron – RC2IEF99KSHH

“Thunberg started a global movement by skipping school: From August 2018, she spent her days camping in front of the Swedish Parliament, holding a sign painted in black letters on a white background with Skolstrejk för klimatet written on it: ‘School Strike for Climate,’ wrote the weather at the time. “Over the next 16 months, she spoke to heads of state at the UN, met the Pope, argued with the President of the United States, and inspired 4 million people to join the global climate strike on September 20, 2019, in what was the largest climate protest in human history.

Speaking during a climate strike in New York City last year, Thunberg said people from all continents – even Antarctica – were participating in climate strikes to support his cause.

She has been honored by Forbes magazine as one of the “100 Most Powerful Women in the World of 2019” and has been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize, according to the Gulbenkian Foundation. She also received Amnesty International’s highest human rights award, according to the Guardian.


According to the foundation, the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity aims to recognize individuals, groups or organizations whose contributions to climate change mitigation are distinguished by “novelty, innovation and impact”. The price of 1 million euros is currently equivalent to around 1.15 million dollars.

Brian Flood of Fox News contributed to this report.


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