Norway MPs nominate 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl for Nobel Peace prize


  • World
  • Thursday, 14 Mar 2019

Thunberg holds a protest poster as she attends a protest rally in Hamburg, Germany, on  March 1, 2019. The slogan reads 'School Strike For Climate'. – AP

Thunberg holds a protest poster as she attends a protest rally in Hamburg, Germany, on March 1, 2019. The slogan reads 'School Strike For Climate'. – AP

OSLO (AFP): Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl climate campaigner who has inspired worldwide protests, should be awarded this year's Nobel Peace price, Norwegian lawmakers said Thursday (March 14).

"We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees," Norwegian Socialist MP Freddy Andre Ovstegard told AFP.

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

Six months ago no one knew who Thunberg was when, as a 15-year-old, she camped outside Sweden's parliament with a hand-written sign: "SCHOOL STRIKE FOR CLIMATE".

Since then she has gone global, striking a chord with younger people disillusioned by the slow progress of the adult world in halting climate change.

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.

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

"I think that change is on the horizon and the people will stand up for their future." – AFP