Greta Thunberg, the Swedish schoolgirl who has roused an international movement to battle for climate change, has been recommended as a candidate to receive this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. In fact, she is the founder of the Youth Strike for Climate movement. She has been recommended by three Norwegian MPs.
If she goes to win the title, she would become the youngest recipient since Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai, who was 17 when she received the Nobel Peace Prize.
Ms Thunberg tweeted that she feels honoured for being nominated for the award.
In August, Thunberg started a solo protest in Sweden but has since motivated many students from around the globe. Strikes are assumed to take place in 1,659 towns and cities in 105 nations on Friday, which would involve hundreds of thousands of young people.
Norwegian Socialist MP Freddy Andre Ovstegard told a news agency that they have suggested the name of Greta Thunberg because if people do nothing to stop climate change, it would be the reason behind wars, refugees, and conflicts. He even stated that Greta Thunberg has started a mass movement which he observes as an important contribution to peace.
On Friday, thousands of schoolchildren are anticipated to walk out again against climate change in over 100 nations around the world.
The school strikes were motivated by the Fridays For The Future movement started by Ms Thunberg under the hashtag #FridaysForFuture.
Till date, there have been regular strikes around the globe, including in nations such as Germany, the UK, Belgium, France, Australia and Japan. However, Friday’s protest is billed as the greatest so far.
Greta Thunberg is a Swedish teenager – who on her Twitter page calls herself as “a 16-year-old climate activist with Asperger [syndrome]”. She first presented a school walkout for the climate in front of the Swedish parliament in August last year. From that time, she has been skipping lessons most Fridays to stage her regular protests.
She pursued to gain international notice after speaking at the UN Climate Talks in Poland in December and at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January.