Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old environmental activist, recently made another bold move by refusing to accept $51,000 in prize money, which was aimed to reward her.
Nordic Council decided to honor the Environmental Award to the Swedish teenager activist for her movement in climate change, but she has strongly refused to take it. On Tuesday, she made an Instagram post on her official Instagram handle, citing the reasons for refusal of the recognition.
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I have received the Nordic Council’s environmental award 2019. I have decided to decline this prize. Here’s why: “I am currently traveling through California and therefore not able to be present with you today. I want to thank the Nordic Council for this award. It is a huge honour. But the climate movement does not need any more awards. What we need is for our politicians and the people in power start to listen to the current, best available science. The Nordic countries have a great reputation around the world when it comes to climate and environmental issues. There is no lack of bragging about this. There is no lack of beautiful words. But when it comes to our actual emissions and our ecological footprints per capita – if we include our consumption, our imports as well as aviation and shipping – then it’s a whole other story. In Sweden we live as if we had about 4 planets according to WWF and Global Footprint Network. And roughly the same goes for the entire Nordic region. In Norway for instance, the government recently gave a record number of permits to look for new oil and gas. The newly opened oil and natural gas-field, ”Johan Sverdrup” is expected to produce oil and natural gas for 50 years; oil and gas that would generate global CO2 emissions of 1,3 billion tonnes. The gap between what the science says is needed to limit the increase of global temperature rise to below 1,5 or even 2 degrees – and politics that run the Nordic countries is gigantic. And there are still no signs whatsoever of the changes required. The Paris Agreement, which all of the Nordic countries have signed, is based on the aspect of equity, which means that richer countries must lead the way. We belong to the countries that have the possibility to do the most. And yet our countries still basically do nothing. So until you start to act in accordance with what the science says is needed to limit the global temperature rise below 1,5 degrees or even 2 degrees celsius, I – and Fridays For Future in Sweden – choose not to accept the Nordic Councils environmental award nor the prize money of 500 000 Swedish kronor. Best wishes Greta Thunberg”
She strongly believes that the climate movement doesn’t need any awards as it is noble in its own way. It’s not that she dishonored the council; she thinks it’s not appropriate to take the award in terms of money.
She thanked the council for choosing her name for the accolade, but she believes that she doesn’t need the award, but all we need is that people in power to listen to the current, best available science.
She has expressed her disappointment against all the Nordic countries for not doing what they are supposed to do in accordance with Paris Agreement. The Nordic countries have signed for the Paris Agreement, those countries that can do the most regarding climate change, but they are doing absolutely nothing.
The decision made by Greta to decline the prize was respectfully taken by the President of the Nordic Council, Hans Wallmark. He quoted that the revolution, Greta is trying to make inspiring a lot to many people and even an entire generation. He also wished that the movement be listened to by the people in power, even outside of Nordic cooperation for the betterment of the planet.
The ceremony was held on Tuesday, and the president has mentioned that they are prudently looking for someplace (or people) to donate the amount.
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