Greta Thunberg, the teen behind global youth strikes on climate change, has just been nominated for Nobel Peace Prize.

Greta Thunberg, the teen behind global youth strikes on climate change, has just been nominated for Nobel Peace Prize.


Sweden – Greta Thunberg, a Swedish teenager who has become a prominent voice in the campaign against climate change has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Greta Thunberg is only 16-years-old but the political activist is working harder than anyone else to stop global warming and climate change!

Her journey started on the 20 August 2018 when Thunberg, then in ninth grade, decided to not attend school until the 2018 Sweden general election on 9 September after heat waves and wildfires in Sweden. Her demands were that the Swedish government reduce carbon emissions following the Paris Agreement, and she protested by sitting outside the Riksdag every day during school hours with the sign Skolstrejk för klimatet (school strike for the climate). After the general elections, she continued to strike only on Fridays, gaining worldwide attention.

Thunberg has since inspired school students across the globe to take part in student strikes, and as of December 2018, more than 20,000 students had held strikes in at least 270 cities.

Thunberg credits the teen activists at Parkland school in Florida, who organised the March for our lives, as the inspiration to begin her school climate strike. Her movement is now called Fridays For Future.

Thunberg has spoken at climate rallies in Stockholm, Helsinki, Brussels and London. In December she attended the United Nations COP24 in Katowice, Poland, where she addressed the Secretary-General and made a plenary speech that went viral and was shared many million times around the globe. In January 2019 she was invited to the World Economic Forum in Davos where her statements again made a worldwide impact.

Thunberg also tries to live a low-carbon life; therefore she is vegan, and she doesn’t fly. The incredible young activist has also been named as one of the worlds most influential teens by TIME magazine.

“The climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions, all we have to do is to wake up and change.”

The movement she started has morphed and grown around the world, and, at times, linked up with older groups, including Extinction Rebellion, and Greenpeace.

And the activist is now calling for every young citizen of the world to join her global mobilisation planned for the 15th of March.

“I think enough people have realised just how absurd the situation is. We are in the middle of the biggest crisis in human history and basically nothing is being done to prevent it. I think what we are seeing is the beginning of great changes and that is very hopeful,” she wrote.

Thunberg is hopeful the student climate strike on Friday can bring about positive change and ‘The Daily Goalcast’ packaged a video to help her cause explaining why all kids across the globe should skip school on the 15th of March 2019:

This is Ground Zero. Support The Future.

She just got nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize! Greta Thunberg is a young girl in danger and she needs our help. Let's show her that we care, and spread history's most important message.Speaker: Greta Thunberg

Posted by The Daily Goalcast on Friday, 8 March 2019

Sources: Greta Thunberg | The Daily Goalcast
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