Teen Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Shows Maturity and Refuses $52,000 Environmental Prize from Nordic Council

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg addresses journalists during her visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, April 16, 2019. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

Greta Thunberg, the teen activist who has inspired millions to strike for action on climate change, doesn’t want awards. She wants people to listen to science.

The 16-year-old Swede declined an environmental prize worth $52,000 the Nordic Council, a regional inter-parliamentary organization, awarded her.

“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,” she wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday. “What we need is for our politicians and the people in power (to) start to listen to the current, best available science.”

Thunberg, who is in California for the Youth Climate Strike in Los Angeles, also criticized Nordic countries, which “have the possibility to do the most. And yet our countries still basically do nothing.”

The president of the Nordic Council, Hans Wallmark, said in a statement that he respected Thunberg’s decision and that the council will think carefully about what to do with the prize money.

The Nordic Council, which consists of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland, hands out annual prizes for literature, youth literature, film, music and the environment, each worth 350,000 Danish kroner, or $52,000.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Ryan W. Miller