On Global Earth Day last month, April 22, she was awarded a $100,000 prize for her climate activism by Human Act, a Danish worldwide development organization
. She subsequently donated that money to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), launching a campaign
specifically aimed at safeguarding children’s rights and welfare during the coronavirus pandemic.
The money will be used by UNICEF’s coronavirus emergency programs to provide supplies like soap, masks, hygiene kits and gloves, she explained.
“We’re talking about washing our hands and staying home but for many people in the world, they do not have access to clean water or sanitation, to soap,” she said.
“That’s why we need to help the people who are most vulnerable to this crisis in ways that we might not think about in the global north,” she added.
Despite sounding the alarm over the virus, Thunberg said she does see a silver lining to all this.
“People are starting to realize that we are actually depending on science and that we need to listen to scientists and experts.
“And I really hope that stays,” she said, adding that she hopes it will apply to other crises “such as the climate crisis and the environmental crisis.”