Mon. Mar 25th, 2019

Nobel Peace Prize nomination for 16-year-old schoolgirl Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg (Photo: AFP)

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl who has inspired an international movement to fight climate change, has been nominated as a candidate to receive this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. She was nominated by three Norwegian MPs. Ms. Thunberg tweeted she was “honoured” to receive the nomination:

“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. “Greta Thunberg has launched a mass movement which I see as a major contribution to peace,” he added.

If she were to win, she would be the youngest recipient since Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai, who was 17 when she received the prize.

Fridays For The Future’ movement started by Ms. Thunberg under the hashtag #FridaysForFuture is the inspiration behind the ‘school strikes’. As part of it thousands of schoolchildren have been striking against climate change. So far, there have been regular walkouts around the world, including in countries likes Germany, Belgium, the UK, France, Australia and Japan.

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