Swedish activist Greta Thunberg said she would donate € 1 million (equivalent to just over R $ 6 million) of a prize she won to groups facing climate change and defending nature.
One of Thunberg’s first two donations, worth 100,000 euros (R $ 600,000), will go to SOS Amazônia, a crowdfunding campaign launched in June to buy medical supplies and provide telemedicine services against coronavirus to populations in the Brazilian Amazon.
The 17-year-old, who received the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity, said in a video posted on Instagram that the prize was “more money than I could have imagined” and hopes it will help her “do more good for the world”. “The entire cash prize will be donated through my foundation to different organizations and projects that are working to help people on the front lines affected by the climate and ecological crisis, especially in the Southern Hemisphere,” said the activist.
Another grant will support the Stop Ecocide Foundation, which lobbies for the International Criminal Court in The Hague to prosecute those responsible for large-scale destruction of nature.
Thunberg was selected from 136 nominees from 46 countries for the award, launched by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, a Portuguese philanthropic organization. The annual award aims to recognize people and organizations from around the world whose contributions to mitigation and adaptation to climate change are highlighted by innovation and impact.
Jorge Sampaio, president of the award jury and former president of Portugal, called Thunberg “one of the most notable figures of our day” for his ability to mobilize the younger generations in actions to combat the planet’s climate change