The final Friday of the month means it’s time for We Are the World Blogest, a day for promoting positive news. It’s especially lovely that this month marks the second year anniversary of this monthly blogfest. It delights me to participate as an agent of pronoia highlighting feel-good news stories for us all to celebrate.
Co-hosting the project this month are: Shilpa Garg, Sylvia McGrath , Belinda WitzenHausen, Dan Antion, Damyanti Biswas. Do check out their posts, along with everyone else participating, and feel free to join us here.
Greta Thunberg is a 16-year environmental activist from Sweden, and she’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
You can read more about her and this story here.
I also encourage you to listen to her 10-minute TED talk from last August, She’s inspiring, determined, a force to be reckoned with.
The Nobel Peace Prize is meant to be awarded for outstanding contributions to those who “have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”.
What can sometimes be less obvious are the ways in which climate change and its impacts contribute to insecurity, displacement, and conflicts. In fact, most major armed conflicts of the past decades have an important link to the mismanagement of natural resources and the environment
While it’s fair to say it is unlikely Ms. Thunberg will be short-listed for the prize, let alone win, I think we need to celebrate the magnitude of this nomination. To a teen; to a female; to the understanding of the vital role our environment plays in the delicate balance of unity between nations and people that makes peace even a possibility. Climate change and its impact most definitely contributes to insecurity, displacement of people, and conflicts. In my mind it will be the effects of climate change and the devastating effects that need to be addressed that will unify us in way that nothing else seems to have been able to.
I have great respect for the young people of our world who bring their brilliant fierceness, unbridled determination and uncompromising convictions to the table. It’s time to celebrate them, support them, and renew all efforts help them as they are left with the problems of a world we have yet to find solutions for. I am grateful Greta Thunberg is here, and may galvanize a movement that creates an unstoppable wave of environmental activism and ultimately global peace.