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Greta Thunberg wins $1 million humanitarian award, donates everything to activist groups

She’s been named TIME’s Person Of The Year, has had a species of beetle named after her, and been sampled by Fatboy Slim during a performance of Right Here, Right Now. Climate activist and environmentalist Greta Thunberg is by no means your average 17-year-old, and her achievements only continue to grow.

Thunberg has been awarded the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity, and along with the accolade, a nice little $1 million in the pocket. But young Greta has decided to donate the prize money to a handful of climate activist groups.

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17-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg has been awarded the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity, donating the prize money to various environmental activist groups.

“All the prize money will be donated through my foundation to different organisations and projects, who are working to help people on the front lines affected by the climate and ecological crisis, especially in the Global South… (as well as those) fighting for a sustainable world and defending nature and the natural world,” she said.

The prize is part of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, which was established in 1956. It is a Portuguese philanthropic institute “dedicated to the promotion of arts, charity, science, and education”. However, 2020 marks the first year that the aforementioned ‘Prize for Humanity’ accolade has been awarded.

 

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I’m extremely honoured to receive the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity! We’re in a climate emergency, and my foundation will as quickly as possible donate all the prize money of 1 million Euros to support organizations and projects that are fighting for a sustainable world, defending nature and supporting people already facing the worst impacts of the climate- and ecological crisis — particularly those living in the Global South.
 Starting with giving €100.000 to the SOS Amazonia Campaign led by @FridaysForFutureBrasil to tackle COVID-19 in the Amazon, and €100.000 to the Stop Ecocide Foundation (@ecocidelaw ) to support their work to make ecocide an international crime. @fcgulbenkian #facetheclimateemergency

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Jorge Sampaio, Chair of the Grand Jury of the Prize, stated: “the way Greta Thunberg has been able to mobilize 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”.

The young environmental activist will be giving portions of the prize money to the SOS Amazonia campaign to tackle COVID-19 in the Amazon, and to the Stop Ecocide Foundation to support their work in making ecocide an international crime.

Is there anything this girl can’t do?