Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Again

By Aris Folley February 5th, 2020 | Image Source :The Hill

Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for a second year in a row.

According to The Associated Press, two lawmakers from Sweden, Jens Holm and Hakan Svenneling, announced they had nominated the teen on Monday, citing her climate activism.

The two lawmakers said the 17-year-old “has worked hard to make politicians open their eyes to the climate crisis,” adding that “action for reducing our emissions and complying with the Paris Agreement is therefore also an act of making peace,” the news agency reports.

According to the AP, the deadline to submit nominations for the prestigious honor was Sunday.

Thunberg, whose “Fridays for Future” movement has helped spark similar youth-led climate demonstrations across the globe, was first nominated for the honor last year by a group of Norwegian Parliament members.

For many oddsmakers, Thunberg was the favorite to win the honor last year, which went to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. At the time, some critics expressed doubt about Thunberg’s chances of winning the award, citing her age and qualifications.

If Thunberg succeeds in winning the high honor, she would be the first person to receive the award for efforts addressing climate change since former vice president and environmental activist Al Gore won in 2007.

She would also join Malala Yousafzai, who received a Nobel Prize at age 17, in becoming the youngest Nobel laureate, if chosen.

Author: Aris Folley

Source: The Hill: Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize