Greta Thunberg wins first Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity

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Daily Current Affairs – July 23, 2020

Greta Thunberg, a Swedish environmental activist was awarded the first Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity.

Greta Thunberg

Key Points

  • Greta Thunberg is the first person to receive this award.
  • She was awarded the prize 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 persist.
  • The award carries a one million euros prize.
  • The activist donated the entire amount to project and organisations ‘fighting for a sustainable world’.
  • There were 136 nominees for the award from 43 countries across the world.

Gulbenkian Prize

The Gulbenkian Prize “aims to recognize people, groups of people and/or organizations from all over the world whose contributions to mitigation and adaptation to climate change stand out for its novelty, innovation, and impact”.

Gulbenkian Prize is a series of prizes that are awarded annually by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. The main Gulbenkian Prize was first awarded in 1976 as the Gulbemkian Science Prize.

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