By Maya Hariz
Swedish teen Greta Thunberg has been nominated for a Nobel Prize in recognition for her youth campaign to halt climate change and her climate activism work. Three Norwegian lawmakers nominated the 16-year old activist who was also named one of TIME’s Most Influential Teens of 2018, for the highly prestigious prize.
“We have nominated Greta because the climate threat may be one of the most important causes of war and conflict,” parliamentary representative Freddy Andre Oevstegaard told Norwegian media outlet VG.
“The massive movement Greta has set in motion is a very important peace contribution,” he added.
The nomination came days before the global climate strike on Friday March 15, which is inspired by her #FridaysForFuture students’ movement demanding action to prevent further climate change including global warming.
Last month, thousands of students around the world demonstrated in more than 100 countries. “We are only seeing the beginning,” Thunberg, tweeted recently.
Thunberg stopped going to school every Friday and protested in front of the Swedish Parliament demanding a more effective measure against climate change. Shortly after her speech in the UN she became an example for many young people all around the world.
This year’s Nobel Peace Prize has 304 candidates, 219 are individuals and 85 are organizations, the Norwegian Nobel Committee reported last month. The Nobel prizes are awarded every year on December 10 which coincides with the anniversary of Alfred Nobel at the Oslo City Hall in Norway for the Peace Prize. The other 5 awards are presented in Konserthus in Stockholm, Sweden.