Greta Thunberg, Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity

Greta wins Prize for Humanity

The Swedish climate activist pledges the €1 million to fight the climate and ecological crisis

Greta Thunberg has become the first recipient of the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity, a prize that recognises those whose contributions to the fight against the climate crisis ‘stand out for its novelty, innovation and impact’. The prize is a cool 1 million euros.

In a video message responding to the prize, Greta said she was ‘incredibly honoured’ and that she hoped this would help her do more good in the world.

She said that it was ‘more money than I can even being to imagine. But all the prize money will be donated through my foundation to different organisations and projects that are working to help people on the front lines affected by the climate crisis and ecological crisis.’

Greta has announced that she will give €100,000 to the SOS Amazonia campaign to assist with the COVID-19 crisis. The organisation, set up by Fridays for Future Brasil, is working with local partners to ensure that the indigenous and riverside communities in the Amazon have the basic hygiene items and food they need as well as investing in health equipment for local hospitals struggling to keep pace with demand.

She will also give €100,000 to the Stop Ecocide Foundation, a group working to make ecocide an international crime. There is growing support for this work. Pope Francis called ecocide the ‘fifth category of crimes against peace’ last year. President Macron promised to work toward enshrining ecocide in both French and international law. And Vanuatu and the Maldives petitioned the International Criminal Court in The Hague to make ecocide a crime equivalent to genocide.

The way Greta Thunberg has been able to mobilise younger generations for the cause of climate change and her tenacious struggle to alter a status quo that persists, makes her one of the most remarkable figures of our days.’

Jorge Sampio, Chair of the Grand Jury Prize

We couldn’t agree more!

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