Environment Activist Greta Thunberg refuses to accept the Environmental Award
Swedish climate reformer Greta Thunberg on Tuesday denied accepting an environmental honor, stating the climate movement wanted people in control to start to “listen” to “science” and not citations.
The budding climate activist, who has rallied millions to her “Fridays for Future” action, was praised at a Stockholm ceremony held by the Nordic Council, a provincial body for inter-parliamentary agreement.
Greta had been chosen for her works by both Sweden and Norway and won the organization’s yearly environment award.
But after it was declared, a representative for her informed the viewers that she would not receive the award of the prize sum of 350,000 Danish kroner (about USD 52,000 or 46,800 euro), the TT news agency announced.
She inscribed the judgment in a post on Instagram from the United States.
“The climate movement does not need any more citations,” she penned.
“What we need is for our politicians and the people in power start to listen to the current, best possible science.” While appreciating the Nordic Council for the “huge honor,” she also reprimanded Nordic nations for not living up to their “great reputation” on climate effects.
“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… then it’s a whole other story,” Greta Thunberg stated.
Still only 16 years old, Thunberg grew to prominence after she began paying her Fridays outside Sweden’s authority in August 2018, holding a sign stating “School strike for climate”.