Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for climate activism

Eloise Marshall
March 15, 2019

Parent Coral Dixon, who has two young children involved in the strike, said she had no problem with her children taking the afternoon off school to express their thoughts on an issue that would affect their future.

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.

Greta Thunberg, in August previous year, became the face of a "school strike" outside the Swedish parliament building. Her speech inspiring other students around the world to take their own action. One of the leaders the young girl mentioned in a message to digital video publisher Brut India was Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"Greta Thunberg has launched a mass movement which I see as a major contribution to peace", he added.

Thunberg responded on social media by saying she is "honored and very grateful for this nomination".

"We are calling on all students to join us to take action on our future!"

She had already challenged leaders in person at the United Nations climate summit in late 2018 and at Davos in January.

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While some politicians have opposed the school strikes, many have supported them, including Germany's Angela Merkel and Ireland's Leo Varadkar.

Should she win, she would become the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient, as BBC News points out.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee is responsible for selecting the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates.

Tens of thousands of students across the country are planning to skip school and attend climate change protests on Friday, according to multiple reports.

"There have been several people nominating me and I found out the first ones were maybe a month ago and then more people by time, but I think it is unbelievable", she said.

The Nobel Peace Prize previous year went to Congo's Denis Mukwege and Iraq's Nadia Murad for "their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict", according to the Nobel Committee's ruling.

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