Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg (17) receives the Prize for Humanity from the Portuguese Gulbenkian Foundation. This involves an amount of 1 million euros. She won the prize for her fight against climate change and the ecological crisis, the foundation reports Monday.
Thunberg thanked via Twitter. “This means a lot to me, and I hope it will help me do more good in the world,” she said in a video posted to her account. The Swedish was selected from 136 nominees from 43 countries. The head of the jury, Jorge Sampaio, said that a large majority of the judges voted for Thunberg.
Donate prize money
Thunberg stated that the prize money would be donated through the Thunberg Foundation to organizations and projects working on climate change and environmental degradation, especially in the South, where people have been most affected.
Part of the prize money, 100,000 euros, will go to SOS Amazonia, a campaign in the Amazon, Thunberg wrote. Another 100,000 euros go to the Stop Ecocide foundation, a campaign that strives to make the deliberate destruction of the environment an international crime.