A 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work combating global warming.
“We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees,” said Norwegian Socialist MP Freddy Andre Ovstegard.
After Sweden had its hottest summer on record, Thunberg went on strike in August to force politicians to act. She has since inspired hundreds of thousands to do the same, creating the #FridaysForFuture movement, which has enlisted thousands of young people to skip school this Friday to march for policy action on environmental issues.
Thunberg spoke at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poland this past December where she told lawmakers they were “not mature enough to tell it like it is.” The teen activist also spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January.
“Honoured and very grateful for this nomination,” Thunberg tweeted.
Honoured and very grateful for this nomination ❤️ https://t.co/axO4CAFXcz
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) March 14, 2019
“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.
“They talk about our age, our looks and so on,” she continued. “The emissions are still rising and that is all that matters. Nothing has happened, that is crucial to remember.”