Seven billion people in the world and officials are looking to an emotionally-distraught sixteen-year-old girl from the West for hope? Didn’t SHE tell us NOT to do that?
Odds-makers figure Greta Thunberg is in line to receive this year’s award.
Does anyone even still remember the original intent of the Nobel Peace Prize? It was set up by Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, who had one of the world’s largest private fortunes at the time. He invented dynamite.
Once he realized the destructive purposes his invention could be put to, he used his vast wealth in an effort to promote a better, more peaceful world. His will created the Nobel Prize categories we see today.
The will specified in which fields the prizes should be awarded – physics, chemistry, medicine or physiology, literature and peace – and which criteria the respective prize committees should apply when choosing their prize recipients. According to the will the Nobel Peace Prize was to be awarded “to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses.”
Source: Nobel Peace Prize
While some of the winners of that Peace Prize (who also receive a cash amount that currently stands around $1Million) have had a legacy of peace, others have obviously been picked for different reasons.
It’s odd to see examples like: “I can International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons”, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Kailash Satyarthi (fighting child trafficking) interspersed with Barack Obama (notable for his Drone Use and various wars), Al Gore (awarded in part for his ‘Inconvenient Truth’ movie packed with bogus stats), and Yasir Arafat who co-founded a terrorist organization.
Clearly, the Nobel award committee has wandered a long way from its original mandate.
Will the organizers throw it to her just to prove how deeply they care about the alleged impending climate disaster? Or will they look somewhere else?
Experts are cautious, but bookies have tipped teenage climate campaigner Greta Thunberg for the Nobel Peace Prize next week.
Odds from bookmakers such as Ladbrokes suggest the 16-year-old activist is the one to beat for the award, just a week after she launched a furious tirade at international delegates during a UN climate summit.
The teenager provoked controversy with her angry speech at the UN and was dragged into a Twitter feud with US President Donald Trump.