Greta Thunberg: The Girl Behind the Protests

Elena Naze , Chief Editor

16 year old Greta Thunberg has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize just days before her world wide climate strike.

Thunberg’s climate strike takes place on March 15th in 105 countries and over 1600 places. The plan is for students around the world to walk out of their classes to essentially “strike” for change. She tweeted Thursday saying, “we will continue to do so for as long as it takes.”

She got her start in August when she began protesting alone outside of the Swedish Parliament building. Since then she has skipped school every Friday to continue leading the events, which drew coverage from Sweden’s biggest newspaper.  She has called out lawmakers saying, “you are not mature enough to tell it like it is. Even that burden you leave to us children.” She even handed out flyers that read “You grownups don’t give a shit about my future.”

But her unapologetic and ruthless protesting have not gone unnoticed for long. She has spoken at the UN Climate Summit in 2018, was one of Time Magazine’s most influential teens of 2018, and has been able to get many politicians, such as Angela Merkel, on her side. And most recently, a Nobel Peace Prize nomination from Norwegian lawmakers.

Freddy Andre Oevesteggard, a Parliament representative spoke as to why they chose to nominate her, saying, “we have nominated Greta because the climate threat may be one of the most important causes of war and conflict.”

The last time someone this young was nominated for the peace prize was in 2014 with Malala Yousafzai, who won the award.

1.4 million people took part in Thunberg’s protest on March 15th, and there is already another protest scheduled for April 15th. Her activism and Nobel Prize nomination have proved that, as she says, “no one is too small to make a difference.”