Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate change activist who captured the hearts of the world and the ire of idiots and twitter trolls, has won the inaugural Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity. The award is the first Humanitarian award by the Gulbenkian Foundation, a Portuguese institution dedicated to the promotion of the arts, philanthropy, science, and education, and was given to Thunberg after her efforts to stem the damage done by the climate crisis.
Jorge Sampaio, Chair of the Grand Jury of the Prize, has emphasized the broad consensus of this choice and pointed out “the way Greta Thunberg has been able to mobilize younger generations for the cause of climate change and her tenacious struggle to alter a status quo that persists, makes her one of the most remarkable figures of our days”. Jorge Sampaio has also stressed her enormous responsibility in consolidating her pedagogical role and her leadership in the fight against climate change, as a condition for sustainable development, towards which the attribution of this Prize aims to contribute.
Accepting the award, Greta Thunberg vowed to put the money back to community efforts.
Greta Thunberg said: “I’m extremely honoured 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 organizations and projects that are fighting for a sustainable world, defending nature and supporting people already facing the worst impacts of the climate and ecological crisis — particularly those living in the Global South. Starting with giving €100.000 to the SOS Amazonia campaign, led by Fridays For Future Brazil to tackle Covid-19 in the Amazon, and €100.000 to the Stop Ecocide Foundation to support their work to make ecocide an international crime.”