Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a protest rally in Hamburg, Germany, Friday, March 1, 2019.

News of Thunberg's nomination comes the day before her Global Climate Strike, which encourages students across the globe to skip school to push their lawmakers to act.

"Youth Strike 4 Climate Derry'" is being led by Foyle College student, 17-year-old Jodi Desmond, who has been inspired by the actions of 16-year-old Swedish activist, Greta Thunberg, who has called on students all over the world to strike on Fridays in protest against climate change.

Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai in 2014 became the youngest victor of the prize, at the age of 17.

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

It's not the first time schoolkids have ditched class for protests in the streets - in November, students filled arcades and city squares, defying calls by the Prime Minister to stay in school, to call for an end to political inertia on climate policy. Posts about her movement on the social media platform carry the hashtags #FridaysForFuture and #SchoolStrike4Climate.

RTÉ's Education Correspondent Emma O'Kelly met some Dublin students who are intent on protesting on Friday.

Asked whether she feels optimistic about the potential of Friday's protest, Gillibrand replied: "I wouldn't say optimistic is quite the right word".

At a World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, in January, she ended her speech by telling a silenced room that she wants leaders to "behave like our house is on fire, because it is".

Letter to the Guardian: "We finally need to treat the climate crisis as a crisis".

Oevstegaard is one of the three Socialist Left Party members who nominated Thunberg. Should she win, she would become the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient, as BBC News points out.

The prize is announced in October and awarded in December in the Norwegian capital, Oslo. This year's prize has 304 candidates, of which 219 are individuals and 85 organisations, the Norwegian Nobel Committee reported last month.

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