The Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity, awarded annually, in the amount of 1 million euros, aims to recognise people, groups of people and/or organisations from all over the world whose contributions to mitigation and adaptation to climate change stand out for its novelty, innovation and impact.
Humanity today faces a severe and unprecedented climate crisis with devastating consequences for people, nature and the economy. This was the statement with which we launched the call to action in the first year of the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity, at the beginning of 2020.
Two years have passed and both the climate impacts already occurred as well as scientific projections lead us to a not very encouraging reality, placing the climate crisis and the loss of biodiversity at the top of the challenges for this and the next generations, with serious consequences that go beyond the environmental level, such as chronic and infectious diseases, water and food shortages, migration, destruction of infrastructures, loss of livelihoods and abrupt breaks in several economic activities.
The past seven years have been the hottest so far and extreme weather events often reach new records in number and intensity across the globe, such as extreme droughts, fires, heat waves, floods or storms.