16-year old environmentalist nominated for Nobel peace prize

Great Thunberg has been nominated for a Nobel peace prize, in light of her inspiring actions in speaking out about climate change. Today marks the biggest day of strike action, encouraging children around the world to miss school for the day and protest against the lack of focus on the environmental crisis we are in, from world leaders and those who influence change.

Norwegian socialist MP, Freddy André Øvestgård, said: “We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees. Thunberg has launched a mass movement which I see as a major contribution to peace.”

Thunberg was nominated yesterday, and tweeted: “I am honoured and very grateful for this nomination. Tomorrow we #schoolstrike for our future. And we will continue to do so for as long as it takes.”

In January this year she presented a speech in Davos and at UN climate change summit in 2018, pointing out the lack of dedication from wold leaders, accusing them of behaving like irresponsible children.

It could be argued, with the amount of young people striking in 1,659 countries around the world today that children are behaving more responsibly, taking an interest in their futures and the world that will be left for them.

A select handful of university professors and national politicians can nominate people for Nobel peace prizes, with 223 individuals and 78 organisations currently nominated. The winners will be announced in December.

Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris and chair of the C40 group of cities (a global climate leadership group), said: “It is truly inspiring to see young people, led by brilliant young women, making their voices heard and demanding urgent climate action. They are absolutely correct that our actions today will determine their futures.”

She added: “My message to young citizens is clear: it is our responsibility as adults and political leaders to learn from you and deliver the future you want.”


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