Here's why this Swedish schoolgirl is nominated for Nobel peace prize

Cristina Cross
March 15, 2019

After her speeches at the United Nations climate change conference in Poland and at the Davos forum, she became an example for many young people all over the world, who since have promoted similar initiatives.

"I think we have reached a tipping point where enough scientists are telling it like it is and not being so afraid of being alarmist", Thunberg told New Scientist on Wednesday, adding it's been frustrating that many people are paying more attention to her age than the issue at hand.

Thousands of students and pupils from Tauranga and the wider Bay of Plenty will join rolling strikes from Invercargill in the south to Russell in the north throughout the day to urge elected leaders to take immediate action against climate change. The Youth Climate Strike will take place in more than 130 cities in the us, and in 90 countries.

On Friday, hundreds of thousands of students inspired by Thunberg are expected to walk out of class as part of the worldwide Youth Climate Strike.

She planted the seed of the movement when Sweden was having its parliamentary elections last September. She first started her movement back in August when she organized a school protest in front of the Swedish parliament building.

Now, the young trailblazer is calling on students from around the world to follow her lead and participate in a global school strike on March 15.

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"We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict, and refugees", Norwegian politician Freddy André Øvstegård told global news agency AFP.

"We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees", said Norwegian Socialist MP Freddy André Øvstegård.

National politicians and some university professors can nominate candidates for the Nobel peace prize, which will be awarded in December, The Guardian reported.

Thunberg told CBSN that when she heard the new she didn't know how to react.

"I'm passionate and terrified of what our future is looking like, our generation wants and needs change".

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