16-year-old climate change activist nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

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

A 16-year-old environmental activist from Sweden has been nominated for a 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, thanks to her efforts to halt climate change.

News of Thunberg's nomination comes the day before her Global Climate Strike, which encourages students across the globe to skip school to push their lawmakers to act.

"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 said.

Greta Thunberg, in August past year, became the face of a "school strike" outside the Swedish parliament building.

"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 Thunberg has launched a mass movement in which I see, perhaps, the main contribution to peace".

Ms Thunberg tweeted, 'Honoured and very grateful for this nomination (love heart emoji),' to her 261,000 followers on Thursday. Tomorrow we #schoolstrike for our future.

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If she were to win, she would be the youngest recipient since Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai, who was 17 when she received the prize.

Last year, Thunberg stopped going to school every Friday and instead protested in front of the Swedish Parliament to demand more effective measures against climate change.

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

After her speeches at the United Nations climate change conference in Poland and at the Davos forum, she became an example for many young people all over the world, who since have promoted similar initiatives.

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

Now three MPs from Norway have put her forward for the prestigious prize, which was founded by Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel.

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