Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for climate activism

Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for climate activism

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a protest rally in Hamburg, Germany, Friday, March 1, 2019.

"We have proposed Greta Thunberg because climate change, if it is not stopped, will be the main cause of wars, conflicts and refugee flows in the future", said one of the nominating MPs, Freddy André Øvstegård.

Mr Oevstegaard added: 'Greta Thunberg has launched a mass movement which I see as a major contribution to peace'.

Her efforts eventually got the attention of world leaders when she delivered a blistering speech at the UN's climate conference in December.

If she wins the award, Thunberg will become the youngest recipient since Malala Yousafzai, who was just 17 when she became a Nobel Prize laureate in 2014.

"Honoured and very grateful for this nomination", Thunberg wrote on Twitter.

Thunberg made headlines worldwide a year ago when a spate of unseasonal forest fires convinced her to protest outside of Sweden's parliament building.

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.

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Today's protest, which will be mirrored by young activists around the world, is slated to be even bigger.

Any national lawmaker can nominate somebody for the Nobel Peace Prize.

She continued to gain worldwide attention after speaking at the UN Climate Talks in Poland in December and at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January.

"We are striking because marginalized communities across our nation - especially communities of color, disabled communities, and low- income communities are already disproportionately impacted by climate change".

National politicians, global officials, academics and previous winners are among those who can nominate potential recipients.

How is the Nobel Peace Prize nominated and chosen?

There are 301 candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019, out of which 223 are individuals and 78 are organisations, says the Nobel committee on its website.

The list of nominees is kept secret for at least 50 years, in line with the Nobel Foundation's statutes.