Story at a glance

  • The teen was nominated for her climate activism.
  • Thunberg’s “Fridays for Future” movement sparked climate demonstrations all over the world.
  • Thunberg was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019.

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for the second consecutive year. 

The 17-year-old was nominated by Swedish lawmakers Jens Holm and Hakan Svenneling, who are both members of Sweden’s Left Party. 

“Greta Thunberg is a climate activist, and the main reason she deserves the Nobel Peace Prize is that despite her young age, she has worked hard to make politicians open their eyes to the climate crisis,” Holm and Svenneling said in a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee. 

The activist’s work toward “reducing our emissions and complying with the Paris Agreement is therefore also an act of making peace,” the lawmakers said.

Thunberg has received worldwide attention since 2018 when she began missing school to protest for more steps to be taken by world leaders to tackle climate change. Since then, she has spoken out on the world stage on climate change and encouraged students to skip school to join protests demanding action on environmental issues, a movement that has grown beyond Sweden and spread to countries all over the world. 

Thunberg raised the climate change issue before the United Nations (UN) General Assembly last September, at the UN’s annual COP25 climate meeting in Madrid, and at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. She was named Time magazine’s 2019 “Person of the Year,” and was also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize last year by three members of Norway’s parliament. 

The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, for his work on negotiating peace with Eritrea.

Published on Feb 03, 2020