Greta Thunberg turns down green award over Nordic ‘bragging’

Greta Thunberg has turned down an environmental award and £40,000 in prize money because “bragging” and “beautiful words” will not cut carbon emissions.

The Swedish campaigner revealed in an Instagram post that she had been awarded the Nordic Council Environment Prize 2019, but had “decided to decline”.

While thanking the council for the “huge honour”, she said the “climate movement does not need any more awards”.

Rather, she added: “What we need is for our politicians and the people in power to start to listen to the current, best available science.”

The 16-year-old went on to detail concerns she has over how Nordic countries are responding to climate change.

She noted that the region has a “great reputation around the world when it comes to environmental issues”.

“There is no lack of bragging about this,” she said. “There is no lack of beautiful words.”

But she added that “our ecological footprints per capita” are a “whole other story”.

Her post continued: “In Sweden we live as if we had about four planets, according to WWF and Global Footprint Network, and roughly the same goes for the entire Nordic region.”

She then references what she says are a “record number of permits to look for new oil and gas” recently given out in Norway.

She continues: “The gap between what the science says is needed to limit the increase of global temperature rise to below 1.5 or even two degrees, and politics that run the Nordic countries, is gigantic.

“And there are still no signs whatsoever of the changes required.

“We belong to the countries that have the possibility to do the most. And yet our countries still basically do nothing.”

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