The 17-year old Climate activist will donate a portion of her prize money to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the Brazilian Amazon.
Out of the 136 nominees from 46 different countries, Greta Thunberg received the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity and was awarded a total of €1m. Via Twitter, Thunberg announced to donate the prize money to different organizations through her foundation. She cited that €100,000 will be donated to the Brazilian Amazon through SOS Amazonia, led by Fridays for Future Brazil, and another €100,000 to Stop Ecocide Foundation. As for the remaining prize, Thunberg did not mention other organizations and she went on by saying that it will be given to organizations that are working to help people on the front lines, affected by the climate crisis and ecological crisis, especially in the global south and also as a form of support to projects for a sustainable world and foundations who are fighting to defend nature and the natural world.
The teenage activist said she was extremely honored to have been the recipient of the Portuguese prize and she hoped that the recognition would help her do more good in the world. Chair of the prize jury Jorge Sampaio said that the award was handed to Thunberg for the way she has been able to mobilize younger generations for the cause of climate change and her tenacious struggle to alter a status quo that persists.