- Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has been bestowed the environmental award by the Nordic Council.
- While she accepted the award, she declined the cash reward worth US $52,000.
Ever since her landmark speech at the United Nations Climate Summit, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg has become a household name across the globe. And although people have mixed reactions about her sharp message, there also isn’t any doubt that some organizations are recognizing her brilliance.
Case in point, the young climate activist was recently given the 2019 environmental award by the Nordic Council, an organization composed of Nordic countries. While she did receive the award, she made headlines after declining the prize money worth 350,000 Danish kroner (around US$52,000).
So, thanks but no thanks?
In an Instagram post, Thunberg said that while she considers the award a “huge honor,” we don’t really need more of these awards.
“What we need is for our politicians and the people in power start to listen to the current, best available science.”
She also went on to bash the organization, pointing out that while they boast about their “great reputation” on climate issues, “our actual emissions and our ecological footprints per capita” are still pretty disturbing.
There is still much to be done, according to the teen.
For example, she mentioned that people in Sweden are still living “as if we had about 4 planets, according to WWF and Global Footprint Network.” The same can also be said for almost the whole Nordic region, the young activist continued.
Read Greta Thunberg’s entire post here:
As always, the teen’s straightforwardness attracted a lot of comments from netizens.
One commenter wrote and praised Thunberg for “sticking to (her) principles when offered money” while another suggested that she should’ve accepted the cash and just donated it to an environmental movement.
Filipino Chess Grandmaster Wesley So Wins World Title, Topples No. 1 Magnus Carlsen
He has understandable reasons why he switched sides.
- Originally from the Philippines, 26-year-old Wesley So made history after defeating Magnus Carlsen in the World Fischer Random Chess Championship.
- The young chess grandmaster said "politics" pushed him to leave the country and move to the United States.
Police Are Implementing Social ‘Chat Benches’ Where Strangers Can Talk
“Sit here if you don’t mind someone stopping by to say hello.”
- Old age is not an easy period for so many people.
- In addition to the sudden change in lifestyle, elderly people also have to deal with problems relating to isolation, boredom, and sometimes, even maltreatment from the society.
- As such, some police units are installing benches which they call 'Friendship Benches' in an effort to help.
- Through these benches, these police units hope to help alleviate loneliness among elderly people, and possibly cheer them up.
- The benches were made available in public parks and are meant to help combat mental distress associated with isolation from the rest of the world.
5 Forgotten People Who Survived In Unexpected Places
These people have survived the test of time and their descendants are still alive today.
What would you do if you found yourself lost in a completely new place where nobody spoke your language? For some people, they decided to make a new home for themselves in unfamiliar territory. Although they have long been forgotten, their descendants continue to thrive in their new homes.