Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for climate activism


Every Friday since that first event, Greta has skipped her school classes so she can continue hosting her #FridaysForFuture protests during which she adds further pressure on Swedish lawmakers to take action against climate change.

In this episode, 16-year-old Greta tells the Guardian's global environment editor, Jonathan Watts, how it all began and what she makes of the attention she has generated.

Students in Australia protested against climate change last November, defying calls from the Prime Minister for them to stay in school.

While some politicians have opposed the school strikes, many have supported them, including Germany's Angela Merkel and Ireland's Leo Varadkar. "And I think it is fantastic to see that hundreds of thousands of children from all around the world are realizing this and are making their voices heard". We'll be walking from the University of Malta to the Parliament building in Valletta, to raise awareness on our future and our planet!

Now three Norwegian lawmakers have nominated the activist for a Nobel Peace Prize, reports the Globe and Mail.

More than 90 countries are participating in strikes around the world on March 15. She has asked world leaders not to ignore the impending consequences of runaway climate change.

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There are 301 candidates (223 individuals, and 78 organizations) for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, according to the Nobel Foundation.

Students in New Jersey, across the United States and around the world have organized "climate strikes" as part of a surging youth effort to push global leaders to take immediate action to address climate change.

"We have nominated Greta because the climate threat may be one of the most important causes of war and conflict".

Freddy Andre Oevstegaard and two other members of the Socialist Left Party said they believe "the massive movement Greta has set in motion is a very important peace contribution".

Ms Thunberg tweeted she was "honoured" to receive the nomination.