Greta Thunberg Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

Greta Thunberg taking her placard after her speech during first Anniversary Climate Strike in Lausanne, Switzerland, earlier this month image via Getty Images

Climate activist Greta Thunberg has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for the second year on a row.

Two politicians in Sweden have nominated the teenage campaigner for the 2020 prize for her work to raise awareness of the climate crisis.

Jens Holm and Hakan Svenneling, of Sweden’s Left Party, said the 17-year-old ‘has worked hard to make politicians open their eyes to the climate crisis’.

They added Thunberg had also said her work in ‘reducing our emissions and complying with the Paris Agreement is therefore also an act of making peace’.

Thunberg was also nominated in 2019, but lost out last year to Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed.

The 2015 landmark Paris climate deal asks both rich and poor countries to take action to curb the rise in global temperatures that is melting glaciers, raising sea levels and shifting rainfall patterns.

It requires governments to present national plans to reduce emissions to limit global temperature rise to well below 2C (3.6F).

The Swedish activist has encouraged students to skip school to join protests demanding faster action on climate change, a movement that has spread beyond Sweden to other European nations and around the world.

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg speaking to the crowd after an environmental Fridays for Future climate strike demonstration to protest a lack of climate awareness in Lausanne

She founded the Fridays for Future movement that has inspired similar actions by other young people.

Any national politician can nominate somebody for the Nobel Peace Prize, and three members of the Norwegian parliament nominated the teenager last year.

In 2019, she was among four people named as the winners of a Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel, and was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee does not publicly comment on nominations, which for 2020 had to be submitted by February 1.

Last week Thunberg announced she had applied to trademark her name and that of the international school strike movement she inspired.

The move is meant to protect the movement from misuse for commercial purposes.


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