Swedish global warming activist Greta Thunberg has put her celebrity at the service of Unicef to protect children from the Covid-19 pandemic, offering $100,000, according to a statement Thursday from the UN agency.
“Like the climate crisis, the coronavirus pandemic is a crisis for children’s rights,” said Greta Thunberg, 17, quoted in the statement. “It will affect all children, now and in the long term, and vulnerable groups will be the most affected. “I call on everyone to respond and join me in supporting UNICEF’s vital work to save children’s lives, protect their health and continue their education,” she added.
The activist has decided, through her foundation, to present UNICEF with the $100,000 prize that was recently awarded to her by the Danish NGO Human Act. The NGO also donated $100,000 to join the initiative to support UNICEF, the statement said.
These funds should make it possible to help the UN agency in the fields of “food, health, the fight against violence and the decline in education” of children caused by the measures of containment and closure of schools.