Greta Thunberg tar inte emot Nordic Council miljöpris 2019 på 500 000 kr. Smart drag! Istället för en eventuell liten notis i internationella medier att Greta fått priset publiceras hennes uttalande sin helhet i redaktionell text. Här ett exempel från Evening Standards webb-upplaga:
I have received the Nordic Council’s environmental award 2019. 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 honour.
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.
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. 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 4 planets according to WWF and Global Footprint Network. And roughly the same goes for the entire Nordic region.
In Norway for instance, the government recently gave a record number of permits to look for new oil and gas. 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.
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. 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.
Jag skrev för en tid sedan om att miljörörelsen inte använder moderna marknadsföringsstrategier. Jag får korrigera detta, gäller inte Fridays for Future:).
När jag nu läser igenom vad jag skrivit kan jag, som en medlem av den ironiska generationen, se att det kanske kan uppfattas som att jag är ironiskt kritisk mot Fridays for Future i den här frågan. Så är det absolut inte, det är jättebra att man utnyttjar alla medel för att nå ut med budskapet.