16-year-old Climate Change Activist, Greta Thunberg Honored with the 2019 Nordic Council’s Environment Prize
16-year-old climate change activist, Greta Thunberg has been honored with the 2019 Nordic Council’s Environment Prize, but she is not accepting it.
Greta took to Instagram to share her reasoning for declining the award, which goes to a company, organisation or individual for exemplary efforts to integrate respect for nature and the environment into their business or work or for some other form of extraordinary initiative on behalf of nature and the environment.
“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,” Greta wrote.
“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,” she concluded.