A 16-year-old girl has been nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her astonishing international campaign to protect the environment.
Greta Thunberg has been the inspiration for hundreds of youth-led protests around the world. She first started her movement back in August when she organized a school protest in front of the Swedish parliament building.
Every Friday since that first event, Greta has skipped her school classes so she can continue hosting her #FridaysForFuture protests during which she adds further pressure on Swedish lawmakers to take action against climate change.
Her successful campaigning has resulted in her giving lectures at the UN Climate Talks and World Economic Forum.
Greta’s weekly protests have also sparked similar events in Germany, Australia, Japan, Belgium, and France.
Tomorrow, however, Greta and her fellow environmentalists are gearing up for their largest international protest yet, with thousands of schoolchildren attending protests in 105 different countries – and counting.
1659 places in 105 countries. And counting.— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) March 14, 2019
Tomorrow we schoolstrike for our future. And we will continue to do so for as long as it takes.
Adults are more than welcome to join us.
Unite behind the science. https://t.co/EFTn7eCfm6
In addition to being featured on TIME’s list of the 25 Most Influential Teens of 2018, Greta was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by three Norwegian MPs who announced the nomination this week.
“We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees,” said Norwegian Socialist MP Freddy André Øvstegård. “Greta Thunberg has launched a mass movement which I see as a major contribution to peace.”
Honoured and very grateful for this nomination ❤️ https://t.co/axO4CAFXcz— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) March 14, 2019
If Greta wins the prize, she will be the youngest person to ever become a Nobel laureate.
“It is truly inspiring to see young people, led by brilliant young women, making their voices heard and demanding urgent climate action. They are absolutely correct that our actions today will determine their futures,” said Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris and chair of the C40 group of cities, according to The Guardian.
“My message to young citizens is clear: it is our responsibility as adults and political leaders to learn from you and deliver the future you want.”
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