Teenage climate activist nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Katie Ramirez
March 15, 2019

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

Thunberg, 16, has encouraged students to skip school to join protests demanding faster action on climate change, a movement that has spread beyond Sweden to other European nations.

"Honoured and very grateful for this nomination", Thunberg tweeted early Thursday morning.

On Friday, thousands of schoolchildren are expected to strike again against climate change in more than 100 countries around the world, including New Zealand.

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

"We have nominated Greta because the climate threat may be one of the most important causes of war and conflict", Norwegian parliamentary representative Freddy Andre Oevstegaard told local tabloid VG.

A spokeswoman from Otumoetai College said the school was not going to stop the students going to the strike, but they needed to bring a note from their parents acknowledging their absence.

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Greta's weekly protests have also sparked similar events in Germany, Australia, Japan, Belgium, and France.

The Nobel committee doesn't comment on nominations, but Thunberg is up for the 2019 prize along with 301 other candidates, including 223 individuals and 78 organizations.

Since then, she has been missing lessons most Fridays to stage her regular protests.

"I just thought that nothing is happening and no one is doing anything to fight climate change", she told CBSN.

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.

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

The list of nominees is kept secret for at least 50 years, in line with the Nobel Foundation's statutes.

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