A million euros for charity! That’s our Greta
What would you do if you get a million euros (approximately Rs 8,61,82,000)? Yes, we’re sure you have already started dreaming about your spendings but, if you’re Greta Thunberg you most probably would donate it.
The young climate activist was awarded a Portuguese rights award last week and promptly pledged the million-euro prize to groups working to protect the environment and halt climate change.
“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,” the Swedish teen said in a video posted online.
She was awarded the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity for the way 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”, Jorge Sampaio, chair of the prize jury, said earlier.
The first 100,000 euros of the prize money will go to the “SOS Amazonia” campaign led by Fridays For Future Brazil to tackle the coronavirus outbreak in the Amazon.
Another 100,000 euros will go to the Stop Ecocide Foundation “to support their work to make ecocide an international crime”, Thunberg said on Twitter.
The million euro ($1.1 million) is the largest prize won by the 17-year-old environmental campaigner who has also won Amnesty International’s top human rights prize and the Swedish Right Livelihood Award, often presented as an alternative Nobel.
Though Greta is a climate activist, she has strong roots in drama too. Her mother is opera singer Malena Ernman and father is actor Svante Thunberg. Her paternal grandfather was actor and director Olof Thunberg.