Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for climate activism

Gwen Vasquez
March 15, 2019

"I think we have reached a tipping point where enough scientists are telling it like it is and not being so afraid of being alarmist", Thunberg told New Scientist on Wednesday, adding it's been frustrating that many people are paying more attention to her age than the issue at hand.

Her successful campaigning has resulted in her giving lectures at the UN Climate Talks and World Economic Forum.

On Friday, she will be one of the hundreds of thousands of students around the world expected to skip school and take the streets for climate action.

Two local events will take place: One at Red Square in the Tauranga CBD and the second in Mount Maunganui at Te Papa o Ngā Manu Porotakataka (formerly Phoenix carpark). Adults are more than welcome to join us.

She protested by sitting outside the Riksdag (Parliament) every day during school hours with a sign, "Skolstrejk för klimatet [School strike for climate]". But even after the elections were over, her protests continued.

Teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg demonstrates with high school students against global warming at a Fridays for Future demonstration on March 01, 2019 in Hamburg, Germany.

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"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".

She soon gained a large following on social media for her work, and the movement she started spread to other countries across Europe and around the world.

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 massive movement Greta has set in motion is a very important peace contribution", he said.

"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.

Thunberg told CBSN that when she heard the new she didn't know how to react.

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