Teenage Swedish weather activist Greta Thunberg was just awarded $1.15 million in prize funds for the 2020 Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity – and she’s currently pledged to give all of it absent to environmental teams.
“That is more money than I can start off to think about, but all the prize cash will be donated, through my foundation, to unique corporations and initiatives who are performing to assist persons on the entrance line, afflicted by the weather crisis and ecological crisis,” Thunberg claimed in a video clip posted to her Twitter account Monday.
Thunberg was selected from a discipline of 136 nominees chosen by a panel of “internationally renowned personalities” from several fields of science, tech, politics and lifestyle, according to the Portugal-dependent Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, which administers the prize.
“The way Greta Thunberg has been in a position to mobilize younger generations for the cause of weather alter and her tenacious wrestle to alter a standing quo that persists, can make her a person of the most remarkable figures of our days,” mentioned Jorge Sampaio, chairman of the prize committee.
The very first €200,000 (about $231,000) will be donated to the SOS Amazonia campaign battling COVID-19 in Brazil and to an firm called the End Ecocide Foundation, which aims to make “ecocide,” common hurt or destruction of ecosystems triggered by gatherings which includes oil spills, deforestation or air pollution, an intercontinental criminal offense.
Thunberg, born in 2003, swiftly grew to become an worldwide determine due to her climate advocacy two decades in the past.
She sailed across the Atlantic Ocean past summertime in purchase to discuss at the United Nations – in which she scolded entire world leaders in a greatly seen speech.
And then she was named Time Journal “Person of the Year” for 2019.
“Thunberg commenced a world-wide movement by skipping college: beginning in August 2018, she invested her times camped out in front of the Swedish Parliament, holding a indication painted in black letters on a white history that examine Skolstrejk för klimatet: ‘School Strike for Climate,’” Time wrote at the time. “In the 16 months because, she has addressed heads of state at the U.N., satisfied with the pope, sparred with the president of the United States and inspired 4 million people to be a part of the world-wide weather strike on September 20, 2019, in what was the major weather demonstration in human background.”
Talking at a weather strike in New York Town last 12 months, Thunberg said that people on all continents – even Antarctica – were being getting component in weather strikes to guidance her lead to.
She was honored by Forbes Magazine as one particular of the “World’s 100 Most Strong Gals of 2019” and has been two times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, in accordance to the Gulbenkian Foundation. She has also gained Amnesty International’s best human rights award, according to the Guardian.
In accordance to the foundation, the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity aims to identify folks, teams or businesses whose contributions toward mitigating climate modify stand out for “novelty, innovation and impact.” The €1 million prize funds presently equates to about $1.15 million.
Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.