Climate activist Greta Thunberg has refused to accept a $75,000 environmental award, the Nordic Council’s environmental award 2019.
She motivated „the climate movement does not need any more awards” but „to act in accordance with what the science says is needed to limite the global temperature rise.” "What we need is for our politicians and the people in power start to listen to the current, best available science," she wrote on Instagram on Wednesday. Her activism contributed to September's Global Week for Future, a series of strikes and demonstrations to demand climate action that took place in about 4500 locations in 150 countries, including Australia.
The power of Thunberg’s approach is that she doesn’t go in for self-promotion. Greta Thunberg’s or Malala Yousafzai’s acts of teen autonomy and precocious engagement in politics are neither “unnatural” nor unprecedented in contemporary history. Greta Thunberg has turned her youth into a political weapon. The rapid growth of Greta Thunberg’s followers, who have risen to over 6 million in the Fridays For Future strikes in September 2019, and the 250,000 people that participated in the climate protest she led in New York in September 2019, testify to the power of child activism.