STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN- On Tuesday, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg refused to accept an environmental prize, saying that people in government wanted the climate movement to start “listening” to “science” and not awards.
Rallied millions to her “Fridays for Future” movement, the young climate activists were honored at a Stockholm ceremony held by the Nordic Council, a regional body for inter-parliamentary cooperation.
Sweden and Norway nominated Thunberg for her efforts and won the organization’s annual environment prize.
But after it was announced, the TT news agency reported a representative for her telling the audience that she would not accept the award of the prize sum of 350,000 Danish kroner (about $52,000 or € 46,800).
In a post on Instagram from the United States, she addressed the decision.
She wrote, “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 also criticized Nordic countries for not living up to their “great reputation” on climate issues while thanking the Nordic Council for the “great honor.”
Thunberg said, “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,”
Thunberg was still only 16 years old when she started to spend her Fridays outside Sweden’s parliament in August 2018, holding a sign reading “School strike for climate.”