‘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.
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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”