Swedish Environmental Activist Greta Thunberg, 16, Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

James Marshall
March 14, 2019

She was nominated by three Norwegian MPs.

Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai in 2014 became the youngest victor of the prize, at the age of 17.

"We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change, it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees", Norwegian Socialist MP Freddy Andre Ovstegard told AFP news agency.

"The massive movement Greta has set in motion is a very important peace contribution", he added. One year on, her sign has been translated into dozens of languages and her school strike protest has spread to more than 70 countries. Since then, Thunberg's actions have spurred an entire movement with students around the world striking to bring attention to the need for action on climate change.

The school strikes were inspired by the Fridays For The Future movement started by Ms Thunberg under the hashtag #FridaysForFuture.

In December 2018, Thunberg spoke at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Poland, where she called out lawmakers and government bodies for their inaction.

After her speeches at the United Nations climate change conference in Poland and at the Davos forum, she became an example for many young people all over the world, who since have promoted similar initiatives.

National politicians, worldwide officials, academics and previous winners are among those who can nominate potential recipients. The names of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates will be announced that month.

The Nobel Peace Prize past year went to Congo's Denis Mukwege and Iraq's Nadia Murad for "their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict", according to the Nobel Committee's ruling.

There are 301 candidates (223 individuals, and 78 organizations) for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, according to the Nobel Foundation.

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