Greta Thunberg is a 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her efforts to combat climate change. Thunberg’s activism began when she was 15 and sat outside Sweden’s Parliament during elections asking for action on climate change from the government. Her actions helped her gain a large following on social media and her movement spread to other countries across Europe and around the world. Last week, thousands of students took part in a Global Climate Strike in solidarity with Thunberg’s fight for a better future for the planet.
Two Norwegian lawmakers nominated Thunberg for the prize stating that, “… the massive movement Greta has set in motion is a very important peace contribution.” The winner of the prize will be announced in October. If Thunberg wins, she would become the youngest recipient since Malala Yousafzai to receive the award. Thunberg shared her thoughts from when she began her movement: “I thought if no one does anything, I’ll have to do something. When I grow older I want to look back and say I did what I could back then.”
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