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.
The teenagers of today are so inspiring. They are changing the world and taking command of their future. More power to them.
— Nitish Yadav (@Nit_Yad) March 14, 2019
If I had a vote, I would vote for her in a jiffy!
— Ragu Raghupathi (@RaguRaghupathi) March 14, 2019
Greta richly deserves the recognition that the Nobel Peace Prize brings! She has single handedly brought the world's attention to the apathy that is shown on the future generation by everyone. I see her as the tallest person in the climate change environment.
— STACTech India (@SushilBaboo) March 14, 2019
I just fucking love her. She’s the Pippi Longstocking of the environment.
— Heidi (@Alpha_Cunt) March 14, 2019
Praise continued to pour in.
This young girl deserves it. All my wishes are with her ❤️
— Donna Radhakrishnan (@donna_rk_) March 14, 2019
She is like an inspiration
— خود سے محبت کرو | LoveYourself (@sarodeashwini8) March 14, 2019
You deserve the award! Keep up the great fight for your future Greta!
— Anthony (@mfinmac) March 14, 2019
Dear Greta, not just millions of young people are supporting your #ClimateChange cause, but also millions of adults who are doing it before your birth. If your shout is stronger than ours, we're with you!
— Alessandro Turina (@A_Turina) March 14, 2019
If the rest of the world heeds the words of activists like Greta, we just might save the planet—and ourselves.