A Nobel for Greta Thunberg? In the age of local weather change and virus, it’s doable

Oslo, September 17

This yr’s Nobel Peace Prize may go to inexperienced campaigner Greta Thunberg and the Fridays for Future motion to focus on the hyperlink between environmental harm and the risk to peace and safety, consultants say.

The winner of the $1 million prize, arguably the world’s prime accolade, shall be introduced in Oslo on Oct. 9 from a area of 318 candidates. The prize may be break up as much as 3 ways.

The Swedish 17-year-old was nominated by three Norwegian lawmakers and two Swedish parliamentarians and if she wins, she would obtain it on the similar age as Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel laureate to this point.

Asle Sveen, a historian and creator of a number of books in regards to the prize, stated Thunberg could be a robust candidate for this yr’s award, her second nomination in as a few years, with the U.S. West Coast wildfires and rising temperatures within the Arctic “leaving people in no doubt” about world warming.

“Not a single person has done more to get the world to focus on climate change than her,” Sveen informed Reuters.

The committee has given the prize to environmentalists earlier than, beginning with Kenya’s Wangari Maathai in 2004 for her marketing campaign to plant 30 million bushes throughout Africa, and in 2007 to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

In the period of the coronavirus disaster, the committee may additionally select to focus on the specter of pandemics to peace and safety, stated Dan Smith, the director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

“There is a relationship between environmental damage and our increasing problem with pandemics and I wonder whether the Nobel Peace Prize Committee might want to highlight that,” he informed Reuters.

If the committee wished to focus on this pattern, he stated, “there is obviously the temptation of Greta Thunberg”.

The Fridays for Future motion began in 2018 when Thunberg started a college strike in Sweden to push for motion on local weather. It has since change into a worldwide protest.

Thunberg and her father Svante, who generally handles media queries for her, didn’t reply to requests for remark.

Many have been sceptical when Greta, as she is usually referred to, grew to become the bookmaker’s favorite to win final yr’s Nobel Peace Prize, particularly on the subject of her age, however her second nomination may strengthen her probabilities.

“Greta is re-nominated, which was the case for Malala. I said Malala was young when she was nominated the first time and I said Greta was young the first time she was nominated,” Sveen stated.

Yousafzai received in 2014.


Other recognized candidates included the “people of Hong Kong”, NATO, Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden and jailed Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul.

Other choices are Reporters Without Borders, Angela Merkel and the World Health Organization, consultants stated, although it’s unclear whether or not they’re nominated.

Nominations are secret for 50 years however those that nominate can select to publicise their decisions. Thousands of individuals are eligible to appoint, together with members of parliaments and governments, college professors and previous laureates.

It is just not recognized whether or not Donald Trump is nominated for this yr’s prize, although he’s up for subsequent yr’s award after a Norwegian lawmaker named the U.S. President for serving to dealer a deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

He is unlikely to win, Sveen and Smith agreed, not least for his dismantling of the worldwide treaties to restrict the proliferation of nuclear weapons, a trigger expensive to Nobel Committees.

“He is divisive and seems to not take a clear stance against the violence the right wing perpetrates in the U.S.,” stated Smith.

“And that is just the first list.”— Reuters

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