Greta Thunberg receives second nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize | The Optimist Daily
Today’s Solutions: July 12, 2024

Greta Thunberg has become a rallying symbol for climate activists young and old. Her call to action for more rapid climate change intervention and emissions regulations has inspired many and brought climate change to the forefront of political attention. This week, at only 17 years old, Thunberg has been nominated for the second time for the Nobel Peace Prize. 

Thunberg was nominated by Swedish lawmakers Jens Holm and Hakan Svenneling. Last year, she was nominated by the Norwegian Parliament for the award. Although she did not win, she was one of four winners of the Right Livelihood Award and named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019.

Thunberg was nominated specifically for calling political attention to the climate crisis and urging countries to adhere to their 2015 Paris Agreement emissions commitments. 

Thunberg’s second nomination shows the importance of recognizing climate activists and advocates for their role in protecting our planet for future generations. While Thunberg is only one of many working hard to mitigate the destructive effects of climate change, her nomination is a symbolic win for everyone who fights to defend our planet on a daily basis.

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