Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Greta Rejects Nordic Council Award: Read Her Stirring and Reasoned Letter

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Climate Change
Edward Hessler

Greta Thunberg has rejected the Nordic Council's environmental prize which includes 500,000 Swedish kroner (US $51.574.03).

Please read her letter rejecting the prize. There is a recurrent theme in what Ms. Thunberg says and writes: Listen to the science and act accordingly.

Thunberg has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and also rejected at least one other award.

Material Added. This has been published in Huffington Post with a longer story by Nick Visser and I include two quotes from his reporting that I was unable to "grab" from the CBC's report.  It also serves as a back-up in the event that the CBC report disappears.

The award was “'for breathing new life into the debate surrounding the environment and climate at a critical moment in world history.'”

And Ms. Thunberg's closing paragraph. “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,” she wrote. “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.”

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