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

Climate activist Greta Thunberg said she was Greta Thunberg wins $1 million humanitarian award, donates everything to activist groups
Kristine Garrett | 23 July, 2020, 17:58

The charity that awarded her the prize, Denmark's Human Act foundation, matched her donation and released a campaign to safeguard kid's welfare throughout the pandemic. The award carries a €1,000,000 prize and the entire amount would be donated by Thunberg to project and organisations "fighting for a sustainable world".

Greta Thunberg has won a €1 million Gulbenkian prize.

Thunberg was selected from 136 nominees in 46 countries for the prize, launched by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, a Portuguese philanthropic organization.

Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg was awarded a €1 million (Dh4.2m/$1.1m) climate change prize on Tuesday, but said that instead of becoming a millionaire she would donate it to environmental causes.

Thunberg will donate the rest of the prize money by her basis to triggers that "aid people today on the entrance traces impacted by the local climate crisis and ecological crisis specially in the world-wide South", she stated in her Twitter announcement.

The 17-year-old Swede will also donate $114,000 to the Stop Ecocide Foundation, which aims to make ecocide, or environmental destruction, an global crime.

The first to get some of the cash - €100,000 (£92,000) each - are SOS Amazonia - which provides medical aid for indigenous communities battling coronavirus - and the Stop Ecocide Foundation, a campaign to make "ecocide" an worldwide crime.

Greta Thunberg poses for a photograph.

According to the foundation, the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity aims to recognize individuals, groups or organizations whose contributions toward mitigating climate change stand out for "novelty, innovation and impact". She was considered to be one of the 100 most influential personalities of the world by Time Magazine and awarded the title "Person of the Year" by this magazine in 2019; the Forbes Magazine has also included her in the list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women of 2019 and she was nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize (2019 and 2020).

Thunberg was one of 136 nominees for the Gulbenkian Prize, and was agreed upon as the victor by a Grand Jury of internationally renowned specialists.

Jorge Sampaio, chair of the prize jury and former president of Portugal, called Thunberg "one of the most remarkable figures of our days" for her ability to mobilize younger generations in support of action to tackle climate change.

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