16-year old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was selected for the Nordic council movement award 2019. She had been chosen from both Sweden & Norway for her struggle, but she refuses to admit this award. She said that the climate movement does not need more awards. The only need is that those in power start to listen to the current, best available science. She thanks the Nordic council for the award, but she won’t be accepting it.
She shared this message on her official Instagram account in which she wrote: “When it comes to climate and environmental issues Nordic countries have a strong image. 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.”
Greta said that it is an honor for her to be nominated for this award, but she refused to accept it until the Nordic countries take the necessary action to change the world. She said that there is a large gap between what science says and what has been done. She said that she doesn’t see any necessary change now which is necessary to change the world.
She continued: “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.”