Greta Thunberg:how her school strike went global - podcast

Mindy Sparks
March 14, 2019

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old whose protests outside the Swedish parliament spurred a massive global movement of young people striking from school to demand bold action on the climate crisis, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

In December 2018, Thunberg spoke at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Poland, where she called out lawmakers and government bodies for their inaction.

"We have nominated Greta because the climate threat may be one of the most important causes of war and conflict", parliamentary representative Freddy Andre Oevstegaard said. One year on, her sign has been translated into dozens of languages and her school strike protest has spread to more than 70 countries.

"We are only seeing the beginning", Thunberg said recently.

Thunberg, who has attended climate marches in Brussels and Paris in recent weeks, said she was honoured and very grateful for the nomination. "Greta Thunberg has launched a mass movement which I see as a major contribution to peace". Tomorrow we #schoolstrike for our future.

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

The Swedish teen is the founder of the Youth Strike for Climate movement that began with her cutting school in August 2018 in order to protest for increased action on climate change.

If she were to win, she would be the youngest recipient since Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai, who was 17 when she received the prize.

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.

Any Norwegian legislator can nominate somebody for the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel committee doesn't comment on nominations, but Thunberg is up for the 2019 prize along with 301 other candidates, including 223 individuals and 78 organizations. The names of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates will be announced that month.

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