This 16-Year-Old Climate Activist Has Been Nominated For A Nobel Prize

This 16-Year-Old Climate Activist Has Been Nominated For A Nobel Prize

Climate activist Greta Thunberg in Hamburg
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Greta Thunberg is changing the world by getting us all to pay attention to the perils of climate change

A Swedish environmental activist has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her persistent, important work combating global warming. What’s even more amazing than that is that Greta Thunberg, the nominee, is just 16 years old.

The announcement came earlier this week by Norweigan lawmaker Freddy André Øvstegård. “We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees,” he told local news outlet VG. “Greta Thunberg has launched a mass movement which I see as a major contribution to peace.”

Greta first gained national news attention six months ago, when she stopped going to school and started a lone protest against climate change outside the Swedish parliament building. After Sweden’s hottest summer on record last year, she felt it was her mission to force politicians to act.

Ever since then, students around the world have been paying attention to Greta’s example, and walking out of school in protest as part of her #FridaysForFuture campaign. A worldwide strike is planned for this Friday, with students from more than 100 countries expected to participate.

“We are living in a very interesting time, where something is going to happen,” Thunberg told Rolling Stone. “Change is on the horizon, but to see that change we also have to change ourselves.”

She’s been incredibly busy this winter, too. In December, she spoke at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poland, and she also spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January.

The reaction to Greta’s nomination on social media has been a resoundingly positive one — especially from Thunberg herself.