'The climate doesn't need awards': Greta Thunberg declines environmental prize

(The Guardian, 29 Oct 2019) The teen activist implored politicians and people in power to ‘listen to the best available science’ in an Instagram post.

The Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has refused to accept an environmental award, saying the climate movement needed people in power to start to “listen” to “science” and not awards.

The young climate activist, who has rallied millions to her “Fridays for Future” movement, was honoured at a Stockholm ceremony held by the Nordic Council, a regional body for inter-parliamentary cooperation.

She had been nominated for her efforts by both Sweden and Norway and won the organisation’s annual environment prize.

But after it was announced, a representative for Thunberg told the audience that she would not accept the award or the prize sum of 350,000 Danish kroner (about $52,000 or €46,800), the TT news agency reported.

She addressed the decision in a post on Instagram from the United States.

“The climate movement does not need any more awards,” she wrote.

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The Guardian, 29 Oct 2019: 'The climate doesn't need awards': Greta Thunberg declines environmental prize