Greta Thunberg Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Teenage Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for a second year in a row.

According to The Associated Press, two lawmakers from Sweden, Jens Holm and Hakan Svenneling,both members of Sweden’s Left Party announced they had nominated the teen on Monday. Last year, three members of Norwegian Parliament nominated Thunberg.

Holm and Svenneling, said the 17-year-old “has worked hard to make politicians open their eyes to the climate crisis,” adding that “action for reducing our emissions and complying with the Paris Agreement is therefore also an act of making peace,” the news agency reports.

In 2018, Thunberg began weekly protests, skipping school and sitting alone with a sign at her school each Friday demanding action for climate change, and founded the “Fridays For Future Movement” – which led to similar youth-led climate demonstrations across the globe.

In 2019, she was among four people named as the winners of a Right Livelihood Award, also known as the “Alternative Nobel” and she was named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year.”

Former vice president and environmental activist Al Gore won in 2007.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee doesn’t comment on nominations. Nominations were due last week. A winner will be announced in early October.

About Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith is a newcomer to Washington D.C. She met, and married an American journalist and moved to D.C from the U.K. She graduated with a B.A in Graphic, Media and Communications and worked in design and retail in the U.K.

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