Friday, 24 May, 2019


Greta Thunberg: Swedish climate campaigner nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a protest rally in Hamburg Germany Friday Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a protest rally in Hamburg Germany Friday
Kristine Garrett | 15 March, 2019, 03:26

"More people are starting to become aware of the situation and that we are facing a crisis", Thunberg said on CBSN Thursday.

Suzie Brown, from the Australian Parents for Climate Action, says she can't think of a better reason for students to take a day off school. We'll be walking from the University of Malta to the Parliament building in Valletta, to raise awareness on our future and our planet!

The global movement was sparked by 15-year-old Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg, who decided last August to stay away from school until the Swedish general election on September 9.

Thunberg made headlines worldwide previous year when a spate of unseasonal forest fires convinced her to protest outside of Sweden's parliament building.

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

News of her nomination comes just two days before student strikes inspired by her actions are expected to occur in 1,659 towns and cities in 105 countries on Friday.

Her efforts eventually got the attention of world leaders when she delivered a blistering speech at the UN's climate conference in December.

"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 worldwide news agency AFP.

Malala Yousafzai now holds the record for youngest Nobel laureate after she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 at the age of 17.

"We are striking because marginalized communities across our nation - especially communities of color, disabled communities, and low- income communities are already disproportionately impacted by climate change".

"We have nominated Greta because the climate threat may be one of the most important contributions to war and conflict", Ovstegard told Norwegian newspaper VG.

"I'm passionate and terrified of what our future is looking like, our generation wants and needs change".

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