Thunberg received the Maailmanmuuttaja (“World Changer”) award from Finnish moving company Niemi.
The Finnish organization Sámi Youth (SSN) said it was surprised to learn that the Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg would donate 30,000 euros in prize money to the organization.
The prize money comes from an award given to Thunberg by Finnish moving services company Niemi Services Ltd.
“I am extremely honored to receive the maailmanmuuttaja award. I am also extremely happy that the money is going to the Finnish organization Sámi Youth and supporting them in their work,” Thunberg said in a video message.
In presenting the prize money to the Sami NGO, Thunberg drew attention to indigenous peoples as being on the frontlines of climate change.
“Indigenous peoples around the world are at the forefront of the climate emergency, but they are also the ones leading the fight against it. Investing in them and their knowledge is essentially climate protection “said the climate activist.
Previous recipients of the Niemi Prize include the former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari for his Nobel Peace Prize-winning work.