The prize was awarded to Greta Thunberg for her humanitarian efforts.
The 17-year-old activist from Sweden is the inaugural winner of the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity. Like the rest of us, the prize’s judges were deeply impressed by Thunberg. They said she was “one of the most remarkable figures of our days.”
Specifically, the Chair of the Grand Jury of the Prize, Jorge Sampaio, stressed how Thunberg “[mobilizes] young generations for the cause of climate change.”
Her efforts—and the results of those efforts—meant that she outranked 135 other nominees to win the prize. The other nominees were both organizations (79 of them) and individuals (57), and they came from a total of 46 countries.
The new award will specifically honor people who are making waves with their climate change activism:
[It] aims to recognise people, groups of people and/or organisations from all over the world whose contributions to mitigation and adaptation to climate change stand out for its novelty, innovation and impact.Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
This award comes on the heels of a number of previous awards and nominations for Thunberg. In 2019, Time Magazine made her their Person of the Year and listed her as one of the top “100 most influential personalities of the world.” As well, Forbes Magazine ranked her in their “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women of 2019” list.
And in both 2019 and 2020, she earned nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize. All this since the 2018 United Nations climate summit speech that led to Thunberg’s status as a household name.
The title came with €1 million. But as the passionate humanitarian she is, Thunberg is going to donate the money:
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.Greta Thunberg
Watch Thunberg virtually accept her award on the foundation’s website.
Article source: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
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