As students from more than 112 countries protest against climate change inaction, vegan teenager Greta Thunberg has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
A group of Norwegian lawmakers nominated the 16-year-old for the prestigious award this week, stating: “We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees”.
On Twitter, Thunberg responded by saying, “[I am] honoured and very grateful for this nomination”.
Millions of students are expected to join Ms Thunberg in the #SchoolStrike4Climate today, calling on politicians and governments to take action on climate change.
Just six months ago, Ms Thunberg was unknown and camping outside Sweden’s parliament with a hand-written sign reading, “School strike for climate.”
Since then, Thunberg’s TED talk has gone global, striking a chord with young people disenchanted by world leaders and concerned for the future of our environment.
In an op-ed published by The Guardian today, Ms Thunberg accused politicians of not ‘facing facts’ and avoiding climate change science.
“If those in power today don’t act, it will be our generation who will live through their failure. Those who are under 20 now could be around to see 2080, and face the prospect of a world that has warmed by up to 4C.
The effects of such warming would be utterly devastating. Rivers would flood, storms would wreak havoc on coastal communities and coral reefs would be eliminated. Melting polar ice caps would lead to dramatically higher sea levels, flooding coastal areas. Places on Earth will become uninhabitable.”
According to reports, Thunberg has previously persuaded her family to go vegan, saying: “For me none of this is a sacrifice, I don’t need those things”.
Cover image: Anders Hellberg