Greta Thunberg rejects Nordic Council environmental award

(BBC) – Greta Thunberg has turned down an environmental award and prize money because “the climate movement does not need any more awards”.

She said the offer was a “great honour” and thanked the Nordic Council, which said it respected her decision.

But, she said, “politicians and the people in power” need to listen to the “current, best-available science”.

Ms Thunberg was this year’s favourite to win the Nobel Peace Prize, but the award went to Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed.

In an Instagram post explaining her decision to turn down the prize money of 500,000 Swedish kronor (£40,000; €46,000), Ms Thunberg said: “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 she said Nordic energy consumption told “a whole other story”.