Greta Thunberg: Swedish climate campaigner nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a protest rally in Hamburg Germany Friday

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a protest rally in Hamburg Germany Friday

Greta Thunberg, the founder of the Youth Strike for Climate movement, has been nominated for the Nobel peace prize.

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

Thunberg's nomination comes just one day before hundreds of thousands of young people are expected to walk out of their schools on strike in 1,659 towns and cities in 105 countries to raise Climate Change awareness. Education activist Malala Yousafzai won the prize at 17 years old.

After the news of her nomination broke, Thunberg took to Twitter to say she was "honoured and very grateful for this nomination". We are striking because if the social order is disrupted by our refusal to attend school, then the system is forced to face the climate crisis and enact change.

Thunberg made headlines worldwide past year when a spate of unseasonal forest fires convinced her to protest outside of Sweden's parliament building.

So far, there have been regular walkouts around the world, including in countries likes Germany, Belgium, the UK, France, Australia and Japan.

Should she win, she would become the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient, as BBC News points out.

"On climate change, we have to acknowledge that we have failed", she told global economic leaders in Davos.

National politicians, global officials, academics and previous winners are among those who can nominate potential recipients.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee doesn't publicly comment on nominations, which for 2019 had to be submitted by February 1.

Thousands of people, including lawmakers and cabinet members from around the world, former laureates and some university professors, are entitled to nominate people for the prize.

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