Greta Thunberg has been awarded the 2019 Nordic Council Environment Prize “for breathing new life into the debate surrounding the environment and climate at a critical moment in world history. Furthermore, she has inspired millions of people around the world to demand concrete action from our politicians”.
But the young environmental activist chose to decline the prize and DKK 350,000 (about £40,300). She said on Instagram, “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”.
She added: “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.”
Photographer: Vincent Isore/Scanpixu
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