A Swedish teenager could become the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize later this year for her work regarding climate change.
Cast your minds back to when you were 16 years old. What were you up to? Going to school. Prepping for exams. Maybe sneaking out of the house on a Friday night so that your parents didn't know. Whatever it was you were getting up to as a teenager, we'd wager that it wasn't the same path that Greta Thunberg is currently on.
It was recently announced that Thunberg has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, reports Inquisitr. The Swede is just 16 years old. She has earned the nomination for her work in the fight against climate change, traveling all over the world in her attempts to convince corporations and world leaders to employ more environmentally friendly practices.
The most notable and influential step Thunberg has taken is back in her native of Sweden. At just 15, the activist started a movement where she would skip school every Friday so that she could protest outside parliament. We skipped school a couple of times when we were teenagers, but it definitely wasn't for a good cause like this one. Soon enough, others started to follow in Thunberg's footsteps.
Not only was Thunberg eventually joined by hundreds of her fellow Swedish students outside parliament, but others around the world started to do so in front of their respective parliament buildings. That included inspired school-goers in the UK and Belgium, and even as far afield as countries such as Australia and Japan. Unlike us when we skipped school, Thunberg doesn't care if she gets into trouble and has said she believes that "one person can make a difference."
Well, clearly the Norwegian MPs that have nominated Thunberg for 2019's Nobel Peace Prize are believers too. If the teenage activist does win the incredibly prestigious award, she will be the youngest person ever to do so. That record is currently held by Malala Yousafzai who won the prize at 17. Winning the award will be no easy task, though. With seven months still to go until the winner is announced, there are already 301 nominees.