Greta Thunberg Turns Down the Nordic Council’s Environmental Award 2019
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Greta Thunberg Turns Down the Nordic Council’s Environmental Award 2019

Greta Thunberg was recently awarded Nordic Council’s environmental award 2019 but she declined to receive the award. Check out the reason why

Greta Thunberg the sixteen-year-old climate activist has taken the entire world by storm due to her campaign for steps against climate change. Greta Thunberg was born on January 3rd, 2019 to a family of artists. Her mother was an opera singer while her father was an actor. Her grandfather was also an actor and director. She was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome existing on the autism spectrum. Instead of taking her neurodiverse condition as a weakness, Greta Thunberg turned it into a superpower. She learned about Climate Change in 2011 when she was just eight years old. Starting her charity from home, she made her family change their lifestyle before moving on to the protests outside the Swedish Parliament in 2018.


Greta Thunberg was recently awarded Nordic Council’s environmental award 2019 but she declined to receive the award. In her recent Instagram post, Greta Thunberg explained the reason of her decision.

‘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.’

Greta Thunberg further stated that the movement needed no more awards but real work.

‘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.’

Greta Thunberg called out the decisions taken by the governments of Sweden and Norway.

‘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 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.'

Greta Thunberg urged the responsibility on the shoulders of rich countries needed to be taken seriously.

‘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.'

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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 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”

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"And yet our countries basically do nothing"

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.’

Greta Thunberg came to limelight in August 2018, when the 15-year-old decided to demonstrate outside the Swedish parliament urging the politicians for stronger climate action. Many other students who were conducting similar protests also joined her. All these students combined organized a large school climate strike movement which was named ‘Fridays For Future.’ Bollywood star Sonam Kapoor had shared Greta's speech and Katrina Kaif's sister Isa Kaif had liked this post on Instagram where Greta announced she would be turning down the Nordic Council's award. She also addressed the United Nations Climate Change Conference and further uplifted the movement with continuous strikes happening on a weekly basis.

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