Greta Thunberg, Swedish climate activist has donated a $100,000 prize she won from a foundation to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for use against the Covid-19 pandemic, the world body.
UNICEF in a statement quoted Greta Thunberg said “Like the climate crisis, the coronavirus pandemic is a child rights crisis,”
“It will affect all children, now and in the long term, but vulnerable groups will be impacted the most,” she added.
“I’m asking everyone to step up and join me in support of UNICEF’s vital work to save children’s lives, to protect health and continue education.”
The Danish anti-poverty non-governmental organisation, Human Act, will match the $100,000 donation, the statement added.
UNICEF said the funds would give it a boost as it struggles to support children impacted by anti-virus lockdowns and school closures, particularly in the fields of “food shortages, strained health care systems, violence and lost education.”
Furthermore Thunberg said at the end of March that she had “likely” contracted the coronavirus, after experiencing several symptoms after a trip to central Europe.
Greta’s emphasis on expert guidance
Earlier Climate Activist Greta Thunberg has said that ‘We need to listen to the experts; coronavirus has proven the dependence society has on scientific data.
Swedish Climate Activist Greta Thunberg said this in a digital conversation to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
Greta Thunberg said coronavirus emphasized the importance of expert guidance, and same approach should taken to solve the climate crisis.
Moreover Greta Thunberg said dread virus lock downs led to reduced emissions levels as people recommended to stay home to contain the spread of the virus.
She said that;
“We are realizing that we are dependent on science and scientific evidence,”
“and we need to listen to the experts and the scientific data.”
However she said “If the coronavirus crisis has shown us one thing, it is that our society is not sustainable,”