Greta Thunberg Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
The sixteen year old with Asperger’s syndrome , Greta Thunberg has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Thunberg began her fight against climate change with a solo protest in Sweden in August of 2018. Then she went on to become the founder of the Youth Strike for Climate movement. On Friday, March 15th students, inspired by Thunberg, went on strike from school for climate change in an estimated 1,659 cities and towns globally.
Many politicians around the world have shown their support for the strikes including Germany’s Angela Merkel and Ireland’s Leo Varadkar.
Both national politicians and some university professors can nominate candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize. There are 301 candidates for the 2019 prize: 223 individuals and 78 organisations. The prize is to be awarded in December. In technical terms the Peace Prize shall be awarded to the person who, "shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses". The youngest person to ever be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in history currently is the 17-year-old, at the time, Malala Yousafzai, “for the struggle ... for the right of all children to education,” in 2014.
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