Swedish environmentalist named for Nobel Peace Prize

Swedish teenage ecologist Greta Thunberg, who has become a prominent voice in climate change campaigns, was today named to the Nobel Peace Prize by three Norwegian MEPs.

Freddy Andre Oevstegaard and two other members of the Socialist Left Party have argued that “the gigantic movement Greta has put into action is a very important contribution to peace.”


Greta Thunberg, 16, has encouraged students to miss school and to join protests demanding more rapid action against climate change, a movement that has spread beyond Sweden to other European countries.

Oevstegaard told VG today that “climate threats are perhaps one of the most important contributions to war and conflict.”

Any national Member may nominate a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee does not comment publicly on nominations that by 2019 had to be submitted by 1 February.

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