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Climate Change Activist Greta Thunberg Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

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If she wins, she would be the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate ever.

16 year old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her work on climate change. The young activist went on a school strike to protest global warming. She eventually staged a protest and spoke in front of the entire Swedish parliament, and simultaneously captured the attention of worldwide audiences, including her own peer groups of younger activists.

If Greta wins, she will officially be the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize ever. Just a year older than her was Malala Yousafzai, who won the prize in 2014 for her work on education reform, centering on the human right for education.

Greta responded to the nomination on Twitter in a grateful manner:

Here’s part of one of Greta’s speeches as she addresses the audience at COP24:

Greta sternly and sincerely holds the audience accountable for the future of their children.

“In the year 2078, I will celebrate my 75th birthday. If I have children maybe they will spend that day with me. Maybe they will ask me about you. Maybe they will ask why you didn’t do anything, while there still was time to act.”

“You say you love your children above all else, and yet you’re stealing their future in front of their very eyes”

“We have come here to let you know that change is coming, whether you like it or not”

– Greta Thunbeg, speaking at COP24

For more on climate change, check out this video of Greenland’s melting icebergs.

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