Arcata High Students Will Participate in Tomorrow's Global Youth Climate Strike

James Marshall
March 15, 2019

Greta Thunberg, the Swedish schoolgirl who has inspired an global movement to fight climate change, has been nominated as a candidate to receive this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

She was nominated by three Norwegian MPs.

If she wins the award, Thunberg will become the youngest recipient since Malala Yousafzai, who was just 17 when she became a Nobel Prize laureate in 2014.

"We are only seeing the beginning", Thunberg, now 16, tweeted recently.

Norwegian deputy Andre Ovstegard told the "VG" newspaper on Wednesday that he and two other parliamentarians of the Socialist Left Party have nominated Thunberg because "climate threats are perhaps one of the most important contributions to war and conflict", and "the mass movement that she has promoted is a very important contribution to peace", reports Efe news.

What are the school protests?

On Friday, thousands of students are expected to demonstrate in more than 100 countries in what activists say could be a milestone moment in a grassroots campaign to push world leaders into doing more.

But Friday's protest is billed as the biggest so far.

Greta Thunberg has been nominated as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize. Her strikes inspired last year's Strike 4 Climate Action, which saw Aussie students take to the streets around the nation.

She continued to gain global attention after speaking at the UN Climate Talks in Poland in December and at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January.

The green activist has been to rallies across the continent to promote her message on climate change and inspired worldwide protests.

Any Norwegian legislator can nominate somebody for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The list of nominees is kept secret for at least 50 years, in line with the Nobel Foundation's statutes.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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