Maura Higgins ‘so excited’ to be involved in new Irish makeup show ‘Glow Up’
Maura Higgins ‘so excited’ to be involved in new Irish makeup show ‘Glow Up’

Sarah Finnan

‘Everyone who did this should be in jail’: Britney Spears on her devastating conservatorship
‘Everyone who did this should be in jail’: Britney Spears on her devastating conservatorship

Jennifer McShane

Britney Spears: Read her full statement against conservatorship
Britney Spears: Read her full statement against conservatorship

Holly O'Neill

Paris Hilton and the physical, verbal and emotional abuse she suffered while at boarding school
Paris Hilton and the physical, verbal and emotional abuse she suffered while at boarding school

Lauren Heskin

A complete breakdown of Britney Spears, her conservatorship and the #FreeBritney movement
A complete breakdown of Britney Spears, her conservatorship and the #FreeBritney movement

Lauren Heskin

Always craving more sleep? These 5 signs mean you’re not getting enough
Always craving more sleep? These 5 signs mean you’re not getting enough

Jennifer McShane

‘Confusing’: Scooter Braun speaks out over Taylor Swift ‘feud’
‘Confusing’: Scooter Braun speaks out over Taylor Swift ‘feud’

Jennifer McShane

These are our favourite outdoor furniture brands for every budget
These are our favourite outdoor furniture brands for every budget

Amanda Kavanagh

This home in Kinsale harbour is on the market for €2.25 million
This home in Kinsale harbour is on the market for €2.25 million

Megan Burns

50 years on and we’re still talking about Coco Chanel
50 years on and we’re still talking about Coco Chanel

Rose Mary Roche

Image / Editorial

Why Greta Thunberg rejected a €46k environmental award


by Grace McGettigan
30th Oct 2019

Greta Thunberg rejected environmental award

blank

Greta Thunberg rejected environmental award

Climate activist Greta Thunberg has confirmed she has rejected a large monetary prize from the Nordic Council – here’s why she turned it down


Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old activist behind the Global Climate Strike, has rejected the Nordic Council’s environmental award for 2019.

Taking to Instagram, the teenager thanked the Council for the “huge honour” but said she has decided to “decline this prize”. In doing so, she has also turned down prize money of 500,000 Swedish kronor (or €46,000).

Reasoning

Greta, who is currently travelling around North America after two weeks at sea, said, “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 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,” she said. “There is no lack of beautiful words. But when it comes to our actual emissions and our ecological footprints per capita – if we include our consumption, our imports as well as aviation and shipping – then it’s a whole other story.

“In Sweden, we live as if we had about four planets according to WWF and Global Footprint Network. And roughly the same goes for the entire Nordic region.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Greta Thunberg (@gretathunberg) on

‘Act in accordance’

As always, Greta used scientific research to back up her statement. “In Norway for instance, the government recently gave a record number of permits to look for new oil and gas,” she said.

“The newly opened oil and natural gas-field, ‘Johan Sverdrup’ is expected to produce oil and natural gas for 50 years; oil and gas that would generate global CO2 emissions of 1.3 tonnes.

“The gap between what the science says is needed to limit the increase of global temperature rise to below 1.5 or even 2 degrees – and politics that run the Nordic countries is gigantic. And there are still no signs whatsoever of the changes required.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Greta Thunberg (@gretathunberg) on

“The Paris Agreement, which all of the Nordic countries have signed, is based on the aspect of equity, which means that richer countries must lead the way.

“We belong to the countries that have the possibility to do the most. And yet our countries still basically do nothing,” Greta said bluntly.

“So until you start to act in accordance with what the science says is needed to limit the global temperature rise, 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.”

Photo: Greta Thunberg via Instagram


Read more: Ireland has exceeded its greenhouse gas emissions target… again

Read more: Irish government to introduce ban and/or levy on non-recyclable plastics

Read more: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle respond to recent ‘air travel’ drama

Also Read

blank
EDITORIAL
What to eat this weekend: Fish n’ courgette chips with homemade tartar sauce

This healthy fish and courgette chips recipe from Jane Kennedy is the perfect weekend supper. The humble courgette is transformed...

By Meg Walker

Britta Baranowsky The Flowerfield
EDITORIAL
Happy World Bee Day: These are the best bee-friendly flowers to plant right now

Attracting bees to your outdoor patch is a cinch, with a little forward-planning. We speak to two flower growers in...

By Amanda Kavanagh

blank
EDITORIAL
‘We went to the zoo today – and life felt deliciously normal’

What’s seldom is truly wonderful, writes Amanda Cassidy Dublin Zoo has been the backdrop to our children’s lives – birthday...

By Amanda Cassidy

Women with MS who take medication, especially immunosuppressants, cannot become pregnant unless they come off medication.
premium HEALTH & WELLNESS, REAL-LIFE STORIES
I had to weigh up the possibility of losing my mind against losing my future children

Holograms of the children she may never have dance across Dearbhla Crosses' mind as an MS diagnosis and Covid-19 are unwelcome reminders of her biological clock ticking.

By Dearbhla Crosse

Full House, onscreen father Danny Tanner
EDITORIAL
We’re remembering our favourite onscreen dads for Father’s Day

With Father’s Day just around the corner (this Sunday 20h June, so yes, you do have time to buy yours...

By Grace McGettigan

Taylor Swift
EDITORIAL
I was not a fan of Taylor Swift. Then I watched her documentary

The documentary Miss Americana has shown a different side to Taylor Swift, writes Edaein O’ Connell I was never able...

By Edaein OConnell

blank
EDITORIAL
‘In a public health emergency, why does so much of the post-pandemic talk revolve around drinking?’

No other European country is having the same public order challenges our capital city is experiencing, writes Amanda Cassidy I...

By Amanda Cassidy