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Paying It Forward: Greta Thunberg Wins Over $1 Million In Prize Money, Donates It All To Those Affected By COVID-19

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Teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg is making headlines once again, for yet another of her noble causes. This time, the Swedish 17-year-old was honored with the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity, which recognizes people and organizations from all over the world whose contributions to mitigation and adaptation to climate change stand out for its novelty, innovation, and impact.

 

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The honor also comes with not a significant amount of prize money—the United States equivalent of $1.15 million, to be exact—but Thunberg is planning to donate all of it to those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic as well as climate change.

“This means a lot to me and I hope that it will help me do more good in the world,” Thunberg said in a statement, according to People. “And the prize money … that is more money than I can even begin to imagine, but all the prize money will be donated through my Foundation to different organizations and projects who are working to help people on the frontlines affected by the climate crisis and ecological crisis, especially in the Global South.”

 

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She added that she plans to help organizations and projects working toward a more sustainable world and fighting to “defend nature and the natural world.”

Thunberg has already pledged to donate €100,000 ($115,000 USD) to the SOS Amazonia campaign, which is helping tackle COVID-19 in the Amazon, as well as €100,000 ($115,000 USD) to the Stop Ecocide Foundation, to support the group’s work in making ecocide an international crime.

 

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Thunberg beat out 136 other nominees as the prize winner and was praised by the Grand Jury for her “charismatic and inspiring personality,” as well as “the force with which she’s presented her message to the world and inspired change.”

And she’s more than earned it. Greta Thunberg continues to be an inspiration as one of the leading voices in the crusade against climate change—at an age that most of us were just trying to navigate high school. You go, girl.

Stacey Ritzen

Written by Stacey Ritzen