The militant Swedish and a figure of the movement for climate Greta Thunberg announced that it was going to redistribute them to associations of defense of the environment, the endowment of a million euros of the price Portuguese Gulbenkian which was awarded to him on Monday.
“This is more money that I can’t even begin to imagine, but all the money from this award will be given, through my foundation, to various organizations and different projects, which help people on the front lines of the climate and environmental crisis, particularly in the south of the planet,” says the teenager of 17 years old in a video released on its Twitter account.
To begin with, 100 000 euros will be donated to the campaign “SOS Amazon” to the branch, brazilian Fridays for the Future to meet the COVID-19 on this vast territory. And the same amount to the Foundation to Stop Ecocide, which aims to establish a crime of”ecocide” in the international law, said the young woman.
The sum greater than that paid to the winner of a Nobel prize, is the most important that has ever received the activist Swedish, known to have popularized, since 201,8 the strike movement and protests of young people for the climate.
The “prize” Science for humanity”, given each year, is the latest and the most richly endowed of the foundation award from the Portuguese Calouste Gulbenkian.
It is designed to “recognize persons, groups of persons and/or organizations around the world whose contributions to climate change mitigation and adaptation (to the following) are distinguished by their novelty, their innovation and their impact,” says the foundation in a press release.
The jury, which includes several scientists and climate experts of repute, and is chaired by the former Portuguese president Jorge Sampaio. They chose Greta Thunberg among 10 finalists selected from among 136 nominees.
The young Swede had already won, in 2019, the “Right Livelihood Award”, considered an alternative Nobel, with a budget of 100 000 euros. She had announced, in February, the creation of a foundation to donate these funds.
Greta Thunberg had also declined in October 2019, a prize awarded by the nordic Council, holding that “the movement for the climate no longer had need of price”.