Teenage climate activist nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

  • Teenage climate activist nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Teenage climate activist nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her work leading a youth campaign to halt climate change. Since then, Thunberg's actions have spurred an entire movement with students around the world striking to bring attention to the need for action on climate change.

Six months ago as an unknown 15-year-old Ms Thunberg camped outside Sweden's parliament next to a hand-written sign: "SCHOOL STRIKE FOR CLIMATE".

"We are only seeing the beginning", Thunberg said recently. One of the leaders the young girl mentioned in a message to digital video publisher Brut India was Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Ms Thunberg tweeted, 'Honoured and very grateful for this nomination (love heart emoji),' to her 261,000 followers on Thursday. "Greta Thunberg has launched a mass movement which I see as a major contribution to peace".

In addition to Øvstegård, Norwegian lawmakers Mona Fagerås and Lars Haltbrekken also nominated the teen activist.

"They talk about our age, our looks and so on", she continued.

One day last summer, Greta Thunberg skipped school and went to sit outside the Swedish parliament with a homemade banner that read "skolstrejk för klimatet" (school strike for climate).

There are 301 candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019, out of which 223 are individuals and 78 are organisations, says the Nobel committee on its website.

Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai in 2014 became the youngest victor of the prize, at the age of 17.

After her speeches at the United Nations climate change conference in Poland and at the Davos forum, she became an example for many young people all over the world, who since have promoted similar initiatives.

Now three MPs from Norway have put her forward for the prestigious prize, which was founded by Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel.