Greta Thunberg, the teenage guru of the environmental alarmist crowd, has been awarded the 2019 Nordic Council Environment Prize. Her response to this recognition is less than gracious. She is saying thanks, but no thanks, to the council.
The Nordic countries, in her opinion (or the opinion of her adult handlers), are not stepping up as they should. She scolded the Nordic Council member countries in an Instagram post explaining why she will not be accepting the prize. Her message is that Nordic countries are all talk and not enough action on environmental issues.
“The Nordic countries have a great reputation around the world when it comes to climate and environmental issues,” she said in a written message on Instagram. “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.”
She also added that she is currently traveling in California preaching her message of environmental doom and gloom so she’s unable to physically accept the prize. And, being an emotionally-driven teenager, she delivered an ultimatum – she’ll not accept such a prize until Nordic countries do as she demands, or something.
Thunberg said it was a great honor to be recognized, but she will decline the award until Nordic countries take the action she sees as necessary to change the world. She said there is a large gap between what science says is necessary and the politics that run the Nordic countries, and she sees no signs of the changes required.
“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,” she wrote.
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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”
Yes, the prize comes with a monetary component. The 500,000 Swedish kronor she references is about $52,000. Thunberg was nominated for the prize by both Sweden and Norway. The Nordic Council confirmed Tuesday that she declined the prize.
Thunberg was nominated by Sweden and Norway for “breathing new life into the debate surrounding the environment and climate at a critical moment in world history.” They also said she has inspired millions of people around the world to demand action through FridaysForFuture, a movement she started in August 2018.
It is true that Thunberg “has inspired millions of people” and even the most narcissistic of Hollywood have fallen under her spell. For example, Jane Fonda has picked up and moved herself to Washington, D.C. to protest on a weekly basis on the steps of Capitol Hill. She uses her weekly arrests to draw attention to her latest cause. School children use her FridaysForFuture events to play hooky from classes each week. Adults join in as though it is perfectly normal to be led around by a sixteen-year-old puppet for two very aggressive activist parents. The rest of us look at this child’s life as riddled with acts of child abuse. Her history has been well-recorded. She suffers from physical as well as neurological disorders thanks to propaganda level indoctrination on environmental alarmism at the hands of her parents from the age of eight. As I have written, I feel sorry for the child. Her parents are to blame for Greta’s crusade. She was never allowed to enjoy a normal childhood.
Two other activists accepted the prize on Greta’s behalf. The prize wasn’t really declined if she was represented by others, right? It boils down to Greta not accepting the prize due to logistical problems – she’s in California, not Sweden right now.
“The prize was presented by Swedish environmental activist Noura Berrouba to Isabelle Axelsson and Sophia Axelsson of Fridays For Future, representing Greta at the awards ceremony which was broadcast live from the Stockholm Concert Hall on Tuesday evening. Together they passed on Greta’s message, which included the statement that the environment doesn’t need any more prizes,” the news release said.
I wonder if the two activists that accepted the prize on Greta’s behalf also accepted the money. Surely her parents didn’t allow that money to be left on the table. If they did, though, the Nordic Council president said the council will use it elsewhere.
The president of the Nordic Council, Hans Wallmark, said the organisation respected Greta Thunberg’s decision and called her movement “a good cause for everyone”.
He said the council – which encourages co-operation between parliaments in countries including Denmark, Finland and Ms Thunberg’s home country Sweden – would think carefully about what to do with the prize money.
Traveling around the world isn’t cheap, you know.
I have received the Nordic Council’s environmental award 2019.
I have decided to decline this prize.
Jag har vunnit Nordiska Rådets miljöpris 2019.
Jag har valt att inte ta emot priset.
Full statement here: https://t.co/aFWY46EAR3
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) October 29, 2019