Swedish activist Greta Thunberg announced on her Twitter, Monday, that she would donate1 million euros to groups facing climate change and defending nature.
Greta won the money because was chosen, among 136 nominees from 46 countries, to win the award, launched by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, a Portuguese philanthropic organization, with the aim of recognizing the work of individuals and groups around the world whose contributions to mitigation and adaptation Climate change stands out for its innovation and impact.
I’m extremely honored 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… ->- Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) July 20, 2020
So, at the age of 17,Greta received the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity , worth 1 million euros and announced on video that it was "more money than I could imagine", thatwould like to help the world and therefore would donate all money:
"All the cash prize will be donated through my foundation to different organizations and projects that work to help people on the front lines affected by the climate and ecological crisis, especially in the southern hemisphere."
Keeping the promise, announced thatthe first donation will go to Brazil, for an amount of 100,000 euros (R $ 600 thousand reais), destined toSOS Amazônia , a crowdfunding campaign launched in June to purchase medical supplies and provide telemedicine services against coronavirus for residents of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest.
Another donation will support theStop Ecocide Foundation, which is pressing for the International Criminal Court in The Hagueprosecute those responsible for thedestruction to big scaleof the nature.
Jorge Sampaio, president of the awards jury and former president of Portugal, described Thunberg as "one of the most notable figures of our day" for hisability to mobilize younger generations in actions to combat climate change.
It is gratifying and very inspiring to see that a 17-year-old girl managed to spark such an important debate and, a protest that started alone, practically succeededmobilize millions of people in around the world and attract the attention of world leaders.
This shows the need for everyone to do their part and that, asan ant job, one encourages and motivates the other and change, in the end, can be huge and really be the difference between what you do and what you hope will happen.
By Juliane Isler. Article in Portuguese