News Frontliner Web Desk, 15 March 2019: Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg, who has inspired an international movement against climate change, has been nominated as a candidate to receive this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, by three Norwegian MPs. If she wins the award, she will be the youngest recipient outshining Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai, who was 17 when she received the prize.
“We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees,” said Norwegian Socialist MP Freddy Andre Ovstegard, who is one of the three MP’s proposing Greta’s name for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
The Swedish teenager who describes herself as “a 16-year-old climate activist with Asperger (syndrome)”, on her Twitter account, first staged a school strike for the climate in front of the Swedish parliament in August last year. Since then, she has been skipping classes most Fridays to stage regular protests.
She gained international attention after speaking at the UN Climate Talks in Poland in December and at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January this year.
“On climate change, we have to acknowledge that we have failed,” she told global economic leaders in Davos.
The school strikes inspired by the “Fridays For The Future” movement started by Ms Thunberg under the hashtag #FridaysForFuture has seen regular walkouts around the world, including in countries like, Germany, Belgium, the UK, France, Australia and Japan.
This Friday, strikes seeking global action against climate change are expected in 1,659 towns and cities across 105 countries, involving hundreds of thousands of young people.
“(I am) honoured and very grateful for this nomination,” said Thunberg on her Twitter page.
There are 301 nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019, out of which 223 are individuals and 78 are organisations, reveals the Nobel committee on its website. The Nobel prizes are awarded every year on December 10, coinciding with the death anniversary of its founder Alfred Nobel, in a double ceremony: At the Oslo City Hall in Norway, for the Peace Prize, and in the Konserthus in Stockholm, Sweden, for the other five awards.