The prize that Greta Thumberg should have receive was the 2019 Nordic Council Environment Prize, but as she has explained in an Instagram post: “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 young environmental activist is following a strict line, avoiding all the useless actions that would not help her achieve her climate goals. Greta Thumberg is aware of the power she has built around her figure and her decision to reject an award has turned out to be an opportunity to protest and re-launch her strong political message.
The 16 year old activist was nominated for the prize especially by both Norway and home country Sweden, members of the Nordic cooperation, which she accused of not being focused enough on the global warming issue. Moreover, she accused them of taking advantage of their strong reputation about their global warming policies and “basically did nothing” to help the cause.
She will continue now in following her line, by protesting worldwide and inspiring all the school children who hit the streets with her to protest with her movement ‘Fridays for Future’, which has now reached a global impact. She rose to prominence only one year ago, by choosing not to attend school and spend all her time protesting outside parliament while Sweden was facing an environmental crisis. It seems their struggling has just begun.