The Greta Thunberg hype train is showing no signs of stopping.
Having already racked up Time’s “person of the year” honors, Greta Thunberg may have a chance to also pick up a Nobel Peace Prize.
Thunberg has been nominated by two lawmakers in Sweden.
In a move that angered Teen Climate activist Greta Thunberg’s passionate social media supporters, U.S. Treasury secretary threw some shade at Thunberg at Davos World Economic forum, suggesting she go to college and study economics before lecturing people.
“Is she the chief economist? Who is she? I’m confused,” he said. Then added it was just “a joke.”
Marketwatch reports two lawmakers in Sweden have nominated climate activist Greta Thunberg for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, the second straight nod for the teenager whose solo protests outside Swedish parliament quickly expanded to worldwide “school-skipping” activism and high-profile speeches.
Jens Holm and Hakan Svenneling, who are members of Sweden’s Left Party, said Monday that Thunberg “has worked hard to make politicians open their eyes to the climate crisis” and “action for reducing our emissions and complying with the Paris Agreement is therefore also an act of making peace.
Four young climate activists, including Thunberg, told the elites gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos last month that people in power are not doing enough to deal with a climate emergency. U.S. President Donald Trump also spoke in Davos, warning that “prophets of doom” on man-made climate change speak against an “America that is winning again like never before.” Trump, citing weak compliance from big emitters such as China and India, has pulled the U.S. out of the Paris accord which aims to keep the increase in average global temperatures to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels.
In 2019, Thunberg was among four people named as the winners of a Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel, and was named Time’s Person of the Year, for representing a “broader generational shift,” the magazine said.
Trump, at the time, weighed in on the teen’s win. “So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!, Trump tweeted as Thunberg’s Time cover was announced.
Last week Thunberg announced she had applied to trademark her name and that of the international school strike movement she inspired.