Thunberg said on Instagram Tuesday that she had received the award, but rejected it because "the climate movement no longer needs more awards."
The 16-year-old also called on the Nordic countries to pursue more climate protection.
"The Nordic countries enjoy an excellent reputation worldwide for climate and environmental issues," she said in a written statement on Instagram. There is no shortage of fine words, but as far as our actual emissions and our ecological footprints are concerned – if we include our consumption, our imports, and aviation and shipping – then it is a very different story. "
Thunberg said it would be a great honor to be recognized, but she will refuse the award until the Nordic countries take the measures she deems necessary to change the world. She said there was a big gap between what science thinks necessary and Nordic policy, and she saw no signs of necessary change.
"Until you begin to act in accordance with the scientific findings, it is necessary to reduce the global temperature rise to below Limit 1.5 degrees or even 2 degrees Celsius – and on Fridays for the future in Sweden – do not accept the Nordic Council Environmental Prize nor the prize money of 500,000 Swedish kroner, "she wrote.
The prize money is approximately $ 52,000.
The Nordic Council confirmed in a press release on Tuesday that it did not accept the award.
"The prize was awarded by Swedish environmental activist Noura Berrouba to Isabelle Axelsson and Sophia Axelsson of Fridays For Future, who represented Greta at the awards ceremony, which was broadcast live from the Stockholm Concert Hall on Tuesday evening, sharing Greta's message The statement contained that the environment needs no further prices, "it says in the press release.