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Swedish schoolgirl nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She stopped going to school to combat climate change.

Her ideas were supported by more than 20 thousand teenagers from 270 cities of the world.


Greta Thunberg with a poster calling for a school strike for the sake of attention to climate change EPA photo

On March 14, deputies of the left-wing parties of the parliaments of Sweden and Novergy nominated 16-year-old eco-activist Greta Thunberg for the Nobel Peace Prize. In August 2018, she refused to go to school until politicians began to comply with the terms of the Paris Climate Agreement. The initiative of the girl found a response from thousands of schoolchildren around the world, but not everyone agrees with her position.

Thunberg began to go to rallies alone, but thousands of teenagers followed her.

For the first time, Thunberg learned about climate change caused by the actions of mankind at the age of eight. Since then, she has regularly returned to this topic, reflecting on why government leaders, realizing the danger of harmful emissions into the atmosphere, continue to use fossil fuels like oil and coal. “Countries like Sweden need to reduce emissions by at least 15% annually if we take into account the aspect of equity and equity in terms of climate,” the girl wrote.

In the column for The Guardian, Thunberg revealed that she lives with Asperger syndrome – a mental disorder that leads to serious difficulties in social interaction, as well as to a repetitive repertoire of interests and occupations. To reduce the carbon footprint of the family, the schoolgirl convinced parents to become vegans and stop traveling on airplanes.

In August 2018, Sweden was preparing for parliamentary elections, but according to Thunberg, no one widely discussed the topic of climate change. This angered her, after which she decided instead of studying to begin a “school strike” in front of the parliament building in Stockholm. The Swede came out with a poster, demanding that politicians comply with the terms of the Paris Climate Agreement, and promised to skip school until they meet the requirements of the treaty.


Greta Thunberg (left) takes part in a school strike at the World Economic Forum in DavosGetty Photo

In September, after the elections in Sweden, the girl began to miss classes only on Fridays, coming to a single picket to the parliament building. By that time, her story was spread in the media: local residents began to take pictures with her, and sometimes joined the protests. The girl’s ideas were shared by schoolchildren in various countries, also refusing to attend classes on Fridays.

In February 2019, several thousand schoolchildren took to the streets of Great Britain calling on the government to pay attention to the problem of climate change. Rallies of teenagers, inspired by the example of Thunberg, were held in 270 cities around the world, including Australia, Belgium, the USA and Japan. In total, they were visited by up to 20 thousand people.

Not everyone supports Thunberg, but she believes that her popularity has not changed anything

Activism Thunberg found support from the older generation. In November 2018, she spoke at the TED conference in Stockholm, criticizing the indifference that people show towards climate change. Arguing that her children and grandchildren would ask her why she didn’t take any action in 2018, when there was still time, she said: “We cannot change the world by playing by the rules, because the rules should be changed.”

Greta Thunberg at the TED Conference

In December, Thunberg went to Poland at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, where she gave a speech. She also discussed the importance of reducing harmful emissions into the atmosphere with UN Secretary-General António Guterres. A month later, in January 2019, the girl spoke at a conference in Davos. Unlike many delegates who arrived at the event on private jets, the schoolgirl traveled by train from Sweden for 32 hours.

In her second column for The Guardian, she turned to world leaders, urging them to realize the seriousness of the climate change situation. “I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear that I feel every day, and then begin to act, ” said theSwede. It was during these six months of activism that members of the left parties in Sweden and Norway nominated her for the Nobel Peace Prize, along with 300 other candidates, including, for example, Donald Trump.

However, not everyone agrees with the activism of the Swedes. Publication Echo24 noted the immaturity of schoolgirl views and the propensity of the public to “cheap emotions.” The newspaper Göteborgs-Posten agreed with this thought , pointing out that it is impossible to exalt and blindly follow the ideas of children, as they are “easily influenced”. And the entrepreneur and lawyer Driya Godefridi was outraged by the demand of the schoolgirl to meet with representatives of the oil industry in order to bring them “accusations of crimes against humanity.”

15-year-old child can not marry, has no right to purchase real estate. He does not have the right to vote, he is incapable – he cannot independently conclude any transactions and perform elementary actions of a legal nature. However, he is already allowed to judge crimes against humanity!

If a child utters such curses and categorical accusations – a crime, criminals! – and they are distributed by the press, then there is the instrumentalization of the child, moreover, to the extent that it goes beyond all limits in a democratic state of law. There is – fanatization of childhood, bordering on the violation of the law.

Drieux Godefridy

Swedish entrepreneur and lawyer

As for Thunberg herself, she does not believe that her popularity has benefited. “I do not believe that anything will change if our actions remain the same,” said the girl. In her opinion, none of the Swedish parties after the elections did not come close in their actions to the requirements of the Paris Climate Treaty.

In accordance with the Paris agreement, climate warming should be kept within two degrees and strive to limit to 1.5 degrees. Sweden and the EU countries plan to achieve this by 2030 and 2050. It is difficult to say whether these plans will succeed.

“I don’t like people saying one thing and doing another. They say ecology is important, but they do nothing. It is necessary not only to talk, but also to do it, ” said Thunberg in February 2019. She is in high school and plans to continue to hold pickets on Fridays, skipping school classes. Until she decided whether to go on to study further, or allocate more time for activism.

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