04:14 GMT30 September 2020
Listen Live
    Viral
    Get short URL
    403
    Subscribe

    This is not the first time that the 17-year-old climate activist is donating her prize money to charitable projects. In April, she donated the $100,000 she received from a Danish non-governmental organisation to UNICEF in order to help children suffering from the coronavirus as well as those who were at risk of becoming infected with the disease.

    Climate activist Greta Thunberg melted the hearts of social media users after she announced that she would donate the more than $1 million that she received as part of the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity from a Portuguese philanthropic organisation. Thunberg posted a video on her social media saying that all the money will go to charitable projects. The activist said the first batch of money, worth $114,000, will be given to SOS Amazonia to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic in the indigenous territories of the Amazon, while another $114,000 will go to an environmental organisation campaigning for making ecocide an international crime.

    ​Netizens praised Thunberg for her activism and said they wished more young people would pay attention to global issues.

    ​Others said they would like to see Thunberg at the helm of the United States and even all of Western civilisation

    ​One user said that Thunberg should have donated the money to the United States, which has the highest number of coronavirus cases, in order to troll Donald Trump, who has repeatedly criticised the activist for her doomsday predictions.

    ​Still others contended that there is nothing special about Thunberg’s gesture, as she is giving away money that isn't hers.

    ​Greta Thunberg rose to prominence in 2018 after she quit school to draw attention to the effects of climate change. Her solo protests in front of the Swedish parliament turned into a global campaign in which millions of people participated last year. The 17-year-old has also attended and spoken at major summits and conferences, including one at the United Nations, where she berated world leaders for their lack of attention to the issue of pollution and climate change. Time Magazine named her the 2019 Person of the Year, while the Nobel Committee nominated her for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

    Tags:
    activism, climate change, charity, Donald Trump, Greta Thunberg
    Community standardsDiscussion