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16-Year-Old Climate Change Activist Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

16-Year-Old Climate Change Activist Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

A 16-year-old schoolgirl has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts in climate change activism and fighting global warming.

Swedish teen and activist Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament every day for three weeks in August 2018 to protest against the lack of action on climate change.

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At the time, she was just 15-years-old and has since inspired a generation to fight global warming.

At just 16-years-old, Greta is a climate change activist. Credit: PA Images
At just 16-years-old, Greta is a climate change activist. Credit: PA Images

In September 2018, Greta continued her work by pledging to stand outside of Swedish parliament every Friday until the government came up with a climate change agreement.

Yesterday, three Norwegian MPs put Greta up for the Nobel Peace Prize. If she wins, she will be the youngest person to pick up the award since Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai who won aged 17 in 2014.

She has inspired many to fight climate change. Credit: PA Images
She has inspired many to fight climate change. Credit: PA Images
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Thunberg tweeted to say she was "honoured and very grateful" to have been put forward for the prize.

Greta, who is the founder of Youth Strike 4 Climate movement, has inspired an international movement to fight against climate change, and the nomination came ahead of her biggest strike to date.

Greta's up for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. Credit: PA Images
Greta's up for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. Credit: PA Images

#FridaysForFuture, which is happening across the globe today, sees school students march for efforts to end climate change. Students in 1,659 places in 2015 countries are taking part in the marches.

"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.

He added: "Greta Thunberg has launched a mass movement which I see as a major contribution to peace."

Students around the globe are marching to raise awareness of global warming. Credit: PA Images
Students around the globe are marching to raise awareness of global warming. Credit: PA Images

The winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize will be announced in October, with the awards ceremony happening on 10th December in Oslo, Norway. There are 301 candidates for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

Greta, we salute you.

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Topics: Life News, Real

Rachel Andrews

Rachel Andrews is an NCTJ trained Journalist at PRETTY52. She specialises in Fashion and Beauty Journalism, and has experience at a range of online and print publications and joined the team in 2017. Contact her - [email protected]

 

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