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Greta Thunberg, the 17-year-old Activist Wins 1 Million Euros Humanitarian Prize

Greta Thunberg, the 17-year-old Activist Wins 1 Million Euros  Humanitarian Prize
Greta Thunberg 

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was on Monday awarded a Portuguese rights award of 1 million euros and promptly pledged the million-euro prize to groups working to protect the environment and halt climate change.

Responding to the news, she said: "I am 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 one million euros to support organisations and projects that are fight for a sustainable world."

"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.

The 17 year old 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.

Chairman of the prize's grand jury Jorge Sampaio applauded the teenagers ability to mobilise the younger generation, adding: "her tenacious struggle to alter a status quo that persists, makes her one of the most remarkable figures of our days".

As well as being awarded Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2019, Ms Thunberg has been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The prize, awarded each year, 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".

The jury also highlighted her "charismatic and inspiring personality".

The prize is part of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, which was established in 1956. It is a Portuguese philanthropic institute `"dedicated to the promotion of arts, charity, science, and education".

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