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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg declined Nordic Council's environmental award 2019, saying climate movement does not need awards.

Axar.az reports citing Hurriyet that Thunberg won the prize for her mobilization of millions of people around the world to demand climate action.

"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 honor. 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," Thunberg said on Instagram on Oct. 29.

"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 [$51,506]," Thunberg said.

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2019.10.30 / 17:23
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