Greta Thunberg delivers brief remarks surrounded by other student environmental advocates during a strike to demand action be taken on climate change outside the White House on September 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo Credit: Sarah Silbiger/Stinger

EnvironmentHeroes Portugal24. July 2020

Greta Thunberg Wins Million-Euro Prize – But Doesn’t Keep It…

Teen activist Greta Thunberg has won a one-million-euro award, and she’s putting it to good use – starting with a fight against “ecocide” and medical support against COVID-19 for indigenous communities in the Amazon.

The Swedish activist was selected from 136 nominees across 46 nations for the annual Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity , which was launched by the Portuguese Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to recognize individuals and groups committed to finding innovative and impactful ways to tackle climate change issues.

“All the prize money will be donated through my foundation to different organisations and projects who are working to help people on the frontlines affected by the climate crisis and ecological crisis, especially in the Global South,” says Thunberg.

Thunberg, who has to date inspired millions of youths around the world to protest against global warming, is kicking off her donations by giving 100,000 euros to the Stop Ecocide Foundation, which fights against people involved in the large-scale destruction of nature, and another 100,000 euros to SOS Amazonia, which helps provide medical relief to indigenous people affected by the coronavirus pandemic in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest.

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