READ: Greta Thunberg Turns Down Climate Award in Typical Arrogant Fashion

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Remember the Swedish teen climate change activist that made headlines after scolding world leaders at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York last month for stealing her “childhood” with “empty words” and promises? Well, she’s back, and still as arrogant as ever.

Greta Thunberg, 16, was offered an environmental award this week from the Nordic Council, which she not so respectfully declined with a rejection letter she shared via Instagram.

Thunberg began by calling the award, which comes with a cash prize 500,000 Swedish krona, or nearly $52,000 USD, “a huge honour.” She then changed her tune, saying, “But the climate movement does not need any more awards.”

Instead of accepting the award, she scolded the Nordic countries for failing to live up to the “changes required” to fight climate change and offered them this ultimatum:  

[U]ntil 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.

The Nordic Council confirmed that Thunberg rejected their 2019 Environment Prize, saying the teen activist “has chosen not to accept it in protest at a lack of climate action.”

The council wrote that she had been awarded with the prize “for breathing new life into the debate surrounding the environment and climate at a critical moment in world history” and inspiring “millions of people around the world to demand concrete action from our politicians.”

Read her full letter below.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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