GREENING AND ENVIRONMENT

Teenager nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

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Founder of environmental movement Youth Strike, Greta Thunberg has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize 2019 .The 16 year old has been recognised for her efforts in protecting the environment all over the world.

Thunberg started her first initiative in August when she organized a school protest in front of the Swedish parliament building. Since then she has missed school, every Friday , to run her #FridaysForFuture protests to help change Swedish policy and law. The protests have since been imitated in Germany, Australia, Japan, Belgium, and France

Furthermore Thunberg’s campaigning has resulted in her giving lectures at the UN Climate Talks and World Economic Forum.

In addition to being featured on TIME’s list of the 25 Most Influential Teens of 2018, Greta was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by three Norwegian MPs who announced the nomination this week.

“We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees,” said Norwegian Socialist MP Freddy André Øvstegård. “Greta Thunberg has launched a mass movement which I see as a major contribution to peace.”

If Greta wins the prize, she will be the youngest person to ever become a Nobel laureate.

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

“It is truly inspiring to see young people, led by brilliant young women, making their voices heard and demanding urgent climate action. They are absolutely correct that our actions today will determine their futures,” said Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris and chair of the C40 group of cities, according to The Guardian.

 

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