With past recipients like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malala Yousafzai, and former President Barack Obama, the Nobel Peace Prize is one of the most prestigious honors a person can receive. Even President Donald Trump has sought to get his hands on one.
While nominations for the prize pour in from all over the planet, one particularly stands out.
Sixteen year old Greta Thunberg may be young, but her dedication and determination to saving the planet is an example from which lawmakers three times her age could learn.
Thunberg's passion for curtailing climate change began at the age of eight. Just last year, she began the School Strike for Climate Change, skipping school to sit outside of the Swedish capitol and bring attention to the climate emergency, eventually inspiring hundreds of thousands of students in cities across the globe to do the same. She also took passive lawmakers to task in a speech at the UN Climate Change summit in Poland.
As a result, multiple lawmakers have nominated her for the prize, including Norway's Freddy André Øvstegård, who said to VG:
“We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees. Greta Thunberg has launched a mass movement which I see as a major contribution to peace.”
Twitter couldn't agree more.
@TIME The teenagers of today are so inspiring. They are changing the world and taking command of their future. More power to them.— Nitish Yadav (@Nitish Yadav) 1552570703.0
@TIME If I had a vote, I would vote for her in a jiffy!— Ragu Raghupathi (@Ragu Raghupathi) 1552568900.0
@TIME Greta richly deserves the recognition that the Nobel Peace Prize brings! She has single handedly brought the… https://t.co/apkw8eQs5Q— STAC Tech Marketing Pvt. Ltd. (@STAC Tech Marketing Pvt. Ltd.) 1552568911.0
Praise continued to pour in.
@the_hindu This young girl deserves it. All my wishes are with her ❤️— Donna Radhakrishnan (@Donna Radhakrishnan) 1552578644.0
@the_hindu She is like an inspiration— خود سے محبت کیجیئے (@خود سے محبت کیجیئے) 1552564711.0
@the_hindu @GretaThunberg You deserve the award! Keep up the great fight for your future Greta!— Anthony (@Anthony) 1552583587.0
If the rest of the world heeds the words of activists like Greta, we just might save the planet—and ourselves.