- Title: Greta Thunberg, a possible contender for the 2019 peace prize
- Date: 29th August 2019
- Summary: Protests directly inspired by Thunberg take place across more than 30 countries, from Sweden to Brazil, India and the United States. Thousands of students skip school and take to the streets and are joined by Thunberg in cities such as Paris and Hamburg. Students accuse political leaders of not taking resolute action to curb climate change and call for drastic measures. PARIS, FRANCE (FILE - FEBRUARY 22, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SCHOOL STUDENTS INCLUDING THUNBERG DURING "STRIKE FOR CLIMATE' MARCH" / THUNBERG STANDING WITH BELGIAN CLIMATE ACTIVIST WITH ANUNA DE WEVER (LEFT OF THUNBERG) PLACARD READING (English) "There is no Planet B." HAMBURG, GERMANY (FILE - MARCH 1, 2019) (REUTERS) THUNBERG AT HEAD OF DEMONSTRATION BEHIND BANNER READING (English): "March now or swim later." THUNBERG AT HEAD OF DEMONSTRATION CLIMATE MARCH MOVING ALONG STREET (SOUNDBITE) (English) CLIMATE ACTIVIST, GRETA THUNBERG, SAYING: "For way too long, the politicians and the people in power have gotten away with not doing anything to fight the climate crisis. But we will make sure that they will not get away with it any longer. We will continue to school-strike until they do something." In March, Thunberg is nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. The number of students taking part in school strikes hits more than two million people across 135 countries. STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (FILE - MARCH 8, 2019) (REUTERS) THUNBERG WALKING TO THE SITE OF A SMALL PROTEST CARRYING A PLACARD READING (Swedish) "School strike for the climate." (SOUNDBITE) (English) CLIMATE ACTIVIST, GRETA THUNBERG, SAYING: "My name is Greta Thunberg, I am 16-years-old and I am from Sweden, and every Friday I am school striking for the climate outside the Swedish parliament alongside hundreds of thousands of other children from all around the world." VARIOUS OF THUNBERG SITTING AT PROTEST WITH PARLIAMENT IN THE BACKGROUND
- Embargoed: 12th September 2019 19:55
- Keywords: EU Parliament climate politics Fridays for Future Greta Thunberg Sweden global warming U.N trans-atlantic Congress Pope Francis Climate activism Barack Obama
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- Topics: Environment,Editors' Choice,Climate Politics
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- Story Text: Climate activist Greta Thunberg is a possible contender for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.
Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg pioneered a climate change campaign that swelled from a one-person school strike by the then 15-year-old to a worldwide movement, drawing in millions of school children, and adults too, who are demanding action on climate change.
Thunberg first drew attention in August 2018 when she skipped school to protest outside Swedish parliament each Friday.
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, taking part in Friday school strikes around the world.
By March 2019, the number of students taking part in worldwide Friday demonstrations hit more than two million across 135 countries.
The now 16-year-old has since been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, named one of the world's most influential people by Time magazine and appeared on its cover. Thunberg has also been awarded at the French Normandy Freedom Prize and Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience Award.
In less than a year since starting the "Fridays for Future" campaign, Thunberg has addressed European Parliament, met Pope Francis and addressed the UK's House of Commons.
In August 2019, Thunberg sailed into New York Harbour on a zero-carbon emissions vessel, completing a nearly 14-day journey from England to take part in a United Nations climate summit. Meanwhile, the total number of climate strikers reached 3.6 million people across 169 countries.
During her first visit to the United States, Thunberg met with former president Barack Obama, the President of the United Nations General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa and addressed Congress, where she told them to "wake up" and "listen to the science".
The Nobel Peace Prize will be announced in Oslo on Friday, October 11, at 1100 a.m. (0900GMT) and the prize, worth 9 million Swedish crowns ($ 1.12 million), will be handed over on December 10, 2019.
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