Greta Thunberg Donates $1 Million Award Money To Climate Change Groups

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in News, World
Published 22.07.20

Greta Thunberg has pledged the one million dollars that she won to groups that are working to halt climate change and protect the environment.

It’s been a while since the young Swedish climate change activist has been in the news, so it’s wonderful to hear from her for such a worthy reason; not that previous reasons haven’t been at all worthy.

Most teenagers with a million dollars to their name would probably do some dangerously irresponsible things, but Greta Thunberg has found a new way to be an excellent role model to her peers, in donating all of the money to climate change research.

The 17-year-old was awarded the Gulbenkian prize for humanity for the away that she has “been able to mobilise younger generations for the cause of climate change and her tenacious struggle to alter a status quo that persists,” according to the chair of the prize jury, Jorge Sampaio.

Thanking those responsible for rewarding her and sharing her intentions, Thunberg took to Twitter with a short video, saying:

That is more money than I can begin to imagine, but all the prize money will be donated, through my foundation, to different organisations and projects who are working to help people on the front line, affected by the climate crisis and ecological crisis“.

She then went on to write in a series of tweets:

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 …

… organisations 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“.

Very cool indeed.