16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
- Author: Rogelio Becker Mar 15, 2019,
Mar 15, 2019, 0:25
"We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict, and refugees", Norwegian politician Freddy André Øvstegård told global news agency AFP. The less action taken in the short term, the worse the long-term impacts will be, researchers have spelled out in recent reports from United States and United Nations climate scientists.
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.
Thunberg's nomination comes just one day before hundreds of thousands of young people are expected to walk out of their schools on strike in 1,659 towns and cities in 105 countries to raise Climate Change awareness. Tomorrow we #schoolstrike for our future.
- Extinction Rebellion (@ExtinctionR) March 14, 2019 To those wondering what the climate has to do w/peace, consider how many future military conflicts & humanitarian crises will result from serious climate change (land, water, food, migration/refugees). "Change is coming whether they like it or not", she said.
Since then, she has been missing lessons most Fridays to stage her regular protests.
Today's students are likely to be most affected by the consequences of climate change - impacts that scientists say will be proportionate to the level of action take by leaders today to mitigate against climate change.
In a historical speech she delivered at COP24 climate talks in Poland a year ago, she had reprimanded global leaders for their inaction on climate change.
"They talk about our age, our looks and so on", she continued. The youth: this is the world we will need to grow up in.
'We are only seeing the beginning, ' Ms Thunberg tweeted recently.
Any Norwegian legislator can nominate somebody for the Nobel Peace Prize.
"I think all the striking around the world will let politicians and lawmakers know that they have to do something because it is falling down the list of priorities".
I hope that you will be awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.