Greta Thunberg, a possible contender for the 2019 peace prize

9 October 2019
2019-10-09 11:42

Climate activist Greta Thunberg is a possible contender for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Thunberg first drew attention in August, 2018 when she skipped school to protest outside Swedish parliament each Friday.

The teenager opened up a climate change campaign that swelled from a one-person school strike, drawing in millions of school children, and adults, who are demanding action on climate change. The teen activist was soon joined by a small group of other school strikers in Stockholm, before the campaign attracted tens of thousands of students in more than 24 countries.

By March 2019, the number of students taking part in worldwide Friday demonstrations hit more than two million across 135 countries. Thunberg now has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Thunberg has also been awarded a the French Normandy Freedom Prize and Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience Award. The Nobel Peace Prize will be announced in Oslo on Friday, October 11 and the prize, worth 9 million Swedish crowns will be handed over on December 10, 2019.

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