The 17-year old Swedish activist has been nominated this year for her second Nobel Peace Prize, thanks to her inspiring international movement as an advocate for fighting climate change. Over the past year, Thunberg has received multiple prestigious recognitions, with her first Nobel Peace Prize nomination and recognized as Time’s 2019 person of the year.
Her first nomination was made last year by three members of Norway’s Parliament. Thunberg’s second nomination was done so by Jens Holm and Hakan Svenneling—two members of Sweden’s left party. The law-makers released this statement in regards to their nomination decision, “[Greta] has worked hard to make politicians open their eyes to the climate crisis” and “action for reducing our emissions and complying with the Paris agreement is therefore also an act of making peace.”
Thunberg started her political career in 2018 by skipping school in order to attend protests on climate change.Thunberg made her well known speech at the United Nations General Assembly September 2019, which was the Union’s annual meeting regarding climate change in Madrid, Spain. Her speech became popular all over social media; now Thunberg spends the majority of her time as a political activist. She fights for all countries to start taking action in regards to the planet and how it will affect generations to come. Now with her platform, Thunberg is encouraging students to skip school and fight for climate change in order to demand governmental action on these environmental issues. Since Thunberg’s popularity, more countries including her own, have opened their ears to the crisis.