Teenage climate activist nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
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Three Norwegian lawmakers have nominated Greta Thunberg. They nominated her for the Nobel Peace Prize. She is Swedish. She is a teenager. She is an activist. She has become well known. She campaigns against climate change.
Freddy Andre Oevstegaard joined two other members of the Socialist Left Party. They made a statement. They said they believe "the massive movement Greta has set in motion is a very important peace contribution."
Thunberg is 16. She told students to skip school. She told them to join protests. The protests demanded faster action. That was on climate change. It is a movement that has spread beyond Sweden. It spread to other European nations.
Oevstegaard said "climate threats are perhaps one of the most important contributions to war and conflict." That's what he told the VG newspaper.
Any national lawmaker can nominate somebody for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee doesn't publicly comment on nominations. The nominations had to be submitted by Feb. 1. That was for the 2019 award.
CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION
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