16-Year-Old Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

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

Taking to Twitter, Thunberg expressed her gratitude for the nomination. There's a precedent for the Nobel Peace Prize going to a courageous teen who speaks truth to power: The 2014 prize was given to Malala Yousafzai, 17 years old at the time, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt and advocates for girls' education.

Her strikes, held daily before Sweden's national election and on Fridays afterwards, inspired students worldwide to call on their own elected officials to take decisive action to mitigate the worst effects of climate change.

"Honoured and very grateful for this nomination", Thunberg tweeted early Thursday morning. The then-15-year-old skipped school for three weeks and sat outside the country's Parliament building with a sign demanding radical action from government on climate change.

"I think we have reached a tipping point where enough scientists are telling it like it is and not being so afraid of being alarmist", Thunberg told New Scientist on Wednesday, adding it's been frustrating that many people are paying more attention to her age than the issue at hand.

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

"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 MP Freddy Andre Ovstegard said.

But Friday's protest is billed as the biggest so far.

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This year's Nobel Peace Prize has 304 candidates, of which 219 are individuals and 85 organisations, the Norwegian Nobel Committee reported last month.

She continued to gain global attention after speaking at the UN Climate Talks in Poland in December and at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January.

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

How is the Nobel Peace Prize nominated and chosen?

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

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

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