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16-Year-Old Vegan Environmentalist Greta Thunberg Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Greta Thunberg
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Vegan teen environmentalist Greta Thunberg, known for scolding world leaders in a global climate change conference for their inability to act on climate change, was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Three Norwegian lawmakers from the Socialist Left Party nominated Thunberg for the Nobel Peace Prize as recognition for her commitment in leading a youth campaign to fight climate change.

“We have nominated Greta because the climate threat may be one of the most important causes of war and conflict,” said parliamentary representative Freddy Andre Oevstegaard.

“The massive movement Greta has set in motion is a very important peace contribution.”

The 16-year-old environmental activist, who was named Time Magazine’s Most Influential Teens of 2018, said that she is “honored and very grateful for this nomination.”

Thunberg, who went vegan with her family and gave up flying after learning about the huge carbon footprint of transportation as well as the meat and dairy industries, has made global recognition due to her campaigns.

Last year, the teen activist spoke at the UN Climate Change Conference in Poland, where she called lawmakers “childish” for not taking climate change seriously, emphasizing that world leaders love their children yet they are stealing their children’s future because of their inability to act on climate change.

She also became famous in her country for starting a one-child strike outside the Swedish Parliament.

“It’s us who are going to live in this world. If I live to be 100 I will be alive in 2103 and that is a long time in the future,” Thunberg said in her speech at the conference.

“We will have to live with the mess that older generations have made. We will have to clean it up for them. That is not fair,” she concluded.

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Roxanne Libatique

Written by Roxanne Libatique

Roxanne is a vegan journalist and advocate for animal rights and mental health. She tries to live consciously and spends her free time traveling, enjoying vegan food, volunteering, and speaking up for all animals. Connect with her at @roxlibatique on Twitter and Instagram.

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