Climate activist Greta Thunberg has refused to accept an environmental award by the Nordic Council, a regional body for inter-parliamentary cooperation saying:
“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.”
She also the prize sum of 350,000 Danish kroner (about $52,000 or €46,800).
While thanking the Nordic Council for the “huge honour”, she also criticised Nordic countries for not living up to their “great reputation” on climate 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 … then it’s a whole other story,” Thunberg said.
The environment has become the great discovery of the past decade. "Climate change" and "global warming" have now become a household terms. "ecology" and "sustainability" are fashionable words. We are being told that the end of the world is at hand unless we do something urgently about the environment. Yet the Socialist Party insists that nothing can be done about the looming environmental crises until we change the economic nature of our social system. The Socialist Party maintains as long as we have the market economy, that is, the production of commodities to be sold for a profit — then the environment be damned, profits come first.
Our criticism of Greta is that she focuses on all the visible effects of the climate emergency but she continues to be blithely unaware of root causes and persists upon appealing to politicians and governments to do something, chastising them for their inaction and inertia. The prime purpose of a government is to prop up its economy and its businessmen. The foremost concern of an enterprise is to keep the costs of production as low as possible. Profits have to be of paramount priority.
Our case boils down to this simple premise: Let us eliminate the relationships of commodity production — let us produce goods to serve the needs of humanity instead of producing in order to make profits — let us organise our world on a democratically planned base instead of working for the benefit of the stockholders. We are convinced, based on the facts available to anyone, that in our enlightened, technological age, almost all our problems can be solved. All of the solutions of the environment problems would then fall into place.
A planet fit for human beings to inhabit has indeed become the question of ultimate survival.