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May 26, 2019

Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

March 16, 2019
Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, 16, demonstrates with high school students against global warming at a Fridays for Future demonstration on March 1 in Hamburg, Germany. (Adam Berry / Getty Images)

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her work that led to a worldwide youth strike for climate change that will happen on Friday.

Three Norwegian lawmakers submitted Thunberg’s name for consideration.


“We have nominated Greta because the climate threat may be one of the most important contributions to war and conflict,” parliamentary representative Freddy André Øvstegård told Norwegian newspaper VG. “The massive movement Greta has set in motion is a very important peace contribution.”

Thunberg, now 16, began the movement in August 2018 when she skipped school for three weeks to protest a lack of action on climate change in front of Sweden’s parliament building.

After the three weeks, she began to protest each Friday until Swedish policies aligned with the Paris Agreement. She called the campaign #FridaysForFuture.

A 2018 United Nations report said Earth’s temperature will increase to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels as soon as 2030, increasing the likelihood and intensity of natural disasters.

“I often hear adults say ‘We need to give the next generation hope,’” Thunberg said at a World Economic Forum in January. “But I don’t want your hope. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I do. Every day. And want you to act. I want you to behave like our house is on fire. Because it is.”

Thunberg’s Friday protests have led to a massive worldwide protest by young people around the world on March 15. Tens of thousands of children are expected to skip school to protest and encourage action from elected officials on climate change.

She said in a tweet on Thursday that the Youth Climate Strike will take place at more than 1,600 locations in 105 countries.

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