‘The Nordic countries have a great reputation when it comes to climate and environmental issues. There is no lack of bragging about this’
Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg refused to accept a Swedish environmental award, saying that the Nordic countries do not suffer from “a lack of bragging” about their reputation despite doing “basically” nothing.
In an Instagram post Tuesday, Thunberg wrote that she had received the Nordic Council 2019 environmental award of 500,000 kronor — which roughly translates to a little more than $67,000.
“I want to thank the Nordic Council for this award. It is a huge honour,” she wrote. “But the climate movement does not need any more awards.”
Thunberg went on to call out the Nordic countries for “basically do(ing) nothing” despite having the “possibility to do the most.”
“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,” she continued. “But when it comes to our actual emissions and our ecological footprints per capita … it’s a whole other story.”
She cited the Johan Sverdup oil field in the North Sea as an example of how Nordic Countries flout the warnings of climate change. “The gap between what the science says …. (and) the politics that run the Nordic countries is gigantic. And there are still no signs whatsoever of the changes required.”
travelling in California for the Youth Climate Strike in Los Angeles. Two fellow climate activists, Sofia and Isabella Axelsson spoke in her place at the ceremony on Tuesday and read a statement from the Thunberg, saying “what we need is for our rulers and politicians to listen to the research.”Thunberg was also not present at the Stockholm ceremony held by the Nordic Council — which encourages co-operation between parliaments in countries including Denmark, Finland and Sweden — due to
According to their website, the organization had nominated Thunberg “for breathing new life into the debate surrounding the environment and climate at a critical moment in world history,” citing her efforts to inspire global action through FridaysForFuture, a movement she started in August 2018.
The council confirmed she did not accept the award in a news release.
“The prize was presented by Swedish environmental activist Noura Berrouba to Isabelle Axelsson and Sophia Axelsson of Fridays For Future, representing Greta at the awards ceremony which was broadcast live from the Stockhold Concert on Tuesday evening. Together they passed on Greta’s message, which included the statement that the environment doesn’t need any more prizes,” the news release said.