A Nobel for Thunberg? Why not!
Even as the world was appalled by the news of the Nobel Peace Prize nomination for the US president Donald Trump, there’s a sliver of hope. Environmentalist Greta Thunberg is in the race to get the Nobel Peace Prize, and if the present scenario is of any relevance, she may actually get it.
The winner of the $1 million prize will be announced in Oslo on October 9 from a field of 318 candidates. She may share it with Friday for Future.
The Fridays for Future movement started in 2018 when Thunberg began a school strike in Sweden to push for action on climate. It has since become a global protest.
The Swedish 17-year-old was nominated by three Norwegian lawmakers and two Swedish parliamentarians and if she wins, she would receive it at the same age as Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel laureate thus far.
This would be Thunberg’s second nomination, since the young environmentalist started protesting against climate change and the world’s neglect towards it.
The committee has given the prize to environmentalists before, starting with Kenya’s Wangari Maathai in 2004 for her campaign to plant 30 million trees across Africa, and in 2007 to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Other known candidates included the “people of Hong Kong”, NATO, Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, jailed Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul, Reporters Without Borders, Angela Merkel and the World Health Organization.
Nominations are secret for 50 years but those who nominate can choose to publicise their choices.