The Nordic Council respects Greta Thunberg’s decision

30.10.19 | News
Hans Wallmark
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Hans Wallmark, President of the Nordic Council

In a statement, the President of the Nordic Council Hans Wallmark has expressed the council’s respect for Greta Thunberg’s decision to decline the Nordic Council Environment Prize on Tuesday evening, and the reasons for this decision.

The movement that Greta is spearheading is influencing and inspiring an entire generation. This is worthy of respect. There is good cause for everyone, also outside of Nordic co-operation, to listen to her and the other voices that are demanding action.

Wallmark states that the Nordic Council will now think carefully about what to do with the prize money of DKK 350,000.

The awards ceremony for the Nordic Council prizes was held in the Stockholm Concert Hall on Tuesday 29 October. In a statement made on Greta’s behalf by two climate activists Greta, who is currently in California, said that she is honoured to have received the award but that she cannot accept it.

“I want to thank the Nordic Council for this award. It’s a great honour. But the climate movement needs no more prizes. What we need is for those in power and politicians to listen to research.”

The Nordic Council is the official body for co-operation between the Nordic parliaments. It has 87 members from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland.