16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Christopher Davidson
March 15, 2019

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old whose protests outside the Swedish parliament spurred a massive global movement of young people striking from school to demand bold action on the climate crisis, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Greta Thunberg, who was named one of Time's Most Influential Teens of 2018, reportedly landed on the list of nominees this year after three Norwegian lawmakers put her name up, according to Norwegian media outlet VG.

Thunberg told CBSN that when she heard the new she didn't know how to react.

Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai in 2014 became the youngest victor of the prize, at the age of 17. "Greta Thunberg has launched a mass movement which I see as a major contribution to peace".

While numerous protesters are likely to be university students, a large number are also expected to be high school students.

In the lead-up to Friday's strike, the prime minister echoed his earlier sentiments, calling for "more learning in schools" and "less activism".

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

RTÉ's Education Correspondent Emma O'Kelly met some Dublin students who are intent on protesting on Friday.

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National politicians and some university professors can nominate candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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

"On climate change, we have to acknowledge that we have failed", she told global economic leaders in Davos. Any person who meets the nomination criteria is considered.

If Greta wins the prize, she will be the youngest person to ever become a Nobel laureate.

The prize is announced in October and awarded in December in the Norwegian capital, Oslo.

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

The names of nominators and nominees are not normally made public until 50 years have elapsed, it adds.

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