The Motumundi Prize is awarded annually to a person who, with his commitment and his professional activity in Italy or in the world, has been able to offer his knowledge for the protection of the environment and the climate, but also for the protection of the health of the man and the animal kingdom and, this, supporting a more complete human and social formation. A person who is an “exceptional testimonial” of a behavioral model and a lifestyle.

Motumundi prize

The 2022 Motumundi Prize was awarded to Maria Cristina Fossi, an internationally renowned scientist who provided the world’s first evidence of the effects of microplastics on whales. In previous editions of the festival, the Motumundi Prize was awarded to Alice Imbastari, 12 years old, environmentalist and climate activist, Filippo Giorgi, climatologist and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner together with Al Gore.

The artist, philanthropist and activist Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, aka Sting, was instead awarded the Motumundi Humanity Award in 2020. Sting, who created the Rainforest Foundation in 1987, has been at the forefront of raising awareness around the world to preserve the Amazon rainforest for decades.