Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her efforts to combat climate change. The Swedish 16-year-old is an inspirational yet unlikely leader of weekly school strikes that have gained momentum worldwide.
According to the Nobel Prize organization, any national member of government can nominate an individual for the heralded peace award. Freddy André Ovstegard and two other Norwegian lawmakers chose Thunberg because of her leadership in the fight against climate change.
“We have nominated Greta because the climate threat may be one of the most important contributions to war and conflict,” Ovstegard told Norwegian newspaper VG. “The massive movement Greta has set in motion is a very important peace contribution.”