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Greta Thunberg is a Swedish school girl who has inspired an international movement to fight climate change. She has been nominated as a candidate to receive this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by three Norwegian Lawmakers.

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About Greta Thunberg

  • She has now become a figurehead for young climate activists internationally.

  • Her ‘Fridays for Future’ movement has spread globally with students around world strike from school to participate in climate protests.

  • Schools strikes have become mass movement with more than 1 million young people participating from all over world and demonstrations in more than 100 countries.

  • She is invited by International organisations to climate change events in an effort to put a human face on fight to curb carbon emissions.

Climate Change Impact on the Environment

  • According to the biennial Living Planet Report published by the Zoological Society of London and the WWF the average size of vertebrate (mammals, fish, birds and reptiles) populations declined by 60 % between 1970 and 2014.

  • CO2 levels higher than 450ppm are likely to lock in catastrophic and irreversible changes in the climate.

  • Around 120,000 sq. km. of tropical forest was lost in 2018. Tropical deforestation is now responsible for 11 per cent of the world’s CO2 emissions – if it were considered a country, tropical deforestation would be the third-largest emitter after China and the US.

Impact on India

  • As per Yale University Rankings India stands at 177 among 180 countries in the Environment Performance Index (EPI) -2018.

  • Crop yields are expected to fall significantly because of extreme heat by the 2040s.

  • Under 2°C warming by the 2050s, the country may need to import more than twice the amount of food-grain than would be required without climate change.

  • Crop diversification, improvement in water irrigation system, Improvements in hydro-meteorological systems for weather forecasting, Investments in R&D for the development of drought-resistant crops, efficient use of groundwater resources, major investments in water storage capacity are the some of the steps that can be taken to reduce the negative impacts of the climate change on our day today life.

About Amnesty’s Ambassador of Conscience Award

  • Established in 2002

  • It celebrates individuals and groups who further human rights cause with their acts of conscience, confronting injustice and using their talents to inspire others.

  • Past awardees include Nelson Mandela, Harry Belafonte, Malala Yousafzai, Colin Kaepernick, Ai Weiwei and Joan Baez.

  • 2019 Award: Thunberg was awarded the prestigious Amnesty International prize in recognition of her efforts for mobilising world public opinion on imminent danger posed by global warming. Award justifies that every young person taking part in ‘Fridays for Future’ embodies what it means to act on your conscience. The initiative remind us that we are more powerful than we think and we all have a role to play in protecting human rights against climate catastrophe.

- Published/Last Modified on: July 30, 2019

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