- The Swedish activist thanked the Nordic Council for the award but rejected it in protest of the lack of action against the climate crisis
- “We belong to the countries that can do the most, but they hardly do anything. Until you start acting, we choose not to accept the prize,” he said.
The Swedish activist Greta Thunberg has rejected the Nordic Council’s environmental award, endowed with 350,000 Danish crowns (46,848 euros), in protest at the lack of action against the climate crisis. “I thank the Nordic Council for this distinction, it is a great honor, but the climate movement does not need any more awards,” Thunberg replied.
Thunberg, promoter of the “FridaysForFuture” movement (Friday for the Future), was distinguished for giving “new life” to the debate on the environment and climate and inspiring millions of people to demand concrete actions from governments.
“I am on a trip to California, so I cannot be present. I thank the Nordic Council for this distinction, it is a great honor, but the climate movement does not need more awards, but the leaders and politicians listen to science,” he said in a message read at the annual gala of this body in Stockholm.
“The Nordic countries have a great international reputation with respect to climate policies. It is presumed about it and the beautiful words are not lacking. But when we talk about our real emissions and our ecological footprint per capita, then it is another story (…) We belong to the countries that can do the most but almost do nothing. So until you start acting according to what science demands, I and FridaysforFuture Sweden choose not to accept the Nordic Council’s environmental award, “he says in his release.
The 16-year-old Swedish teenager was represented by Isabelle and Sophia Axelsson, of the Swedish section of “FridaysForFuture”, in charge of rejecting the award in her name, endowed with 350,000 Danish crowns (46,848 euros).
The Nordic Council consists of Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland, in addition to the Danish autonomous territories of Greenland and the Faroe Islands, and Åland (Finland).
In September 2018, Thunberg began a school strike in front of the Swedish Parliament to call for measures against climate change, which inspired a global movement and has led it to be received by world leaders and to speak at high-level conferences.
The Swedish teenager opened a sabbatical period in summer to travel to America and participate in the climate summit held last month at the UN headquarters in New York, as well as at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP25), which will host Chile in December.
His refusal to travel by plane to avoid polluting emissions caused him to cross the Atlantic on a sailboat and use buses and trains to travel across the Americas.
Greta Thunberg was recently honored with the so-called Alternative Nobel who awards the Swedish Right Livelihood Award and was nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, which fell to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for his initiative to resolve the border conflict between Your country and Eritrea.