Greta Thunberg denied accepting Nordic council environmental award

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.”

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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”

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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.”