16-Year-Old Climate Activist Nominated For A Nobel Prize

Climate change is one of the most important issues facing this country, and the world. The science is clear - we're nearing a crucial fork in the road, where the powers that be decide to take it seriously, or continue with the status quo. Unfortunately, the current administration does not seem too keen on taking the threat of global warming seriously. Researchers predict that we're on the cusp of doing too much damage to this earth to recover from, and devastating, irreversible consequences are on the horizon. Scientists, politicians, and activists around the world are sounding the alarm, begging people to take this threat seriously. Future generations are depending on us to make sweeping changes. And members of the younger generation are even joining in the fight.

16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg is engaged in persistent and important work combating global warming and educating people around the world on climate change. And that work has now gotten her nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Greta, a student in Sweden, gained the world's attention about six months ago, when she stopped attending school and staged a protest against climate change outside the parliament building in Sweden. Since then, students around the world have followed in Greta's footsteps by walking out of school on planned Fridays as part of Greta's #FridaysForFuture campaign.

Just last Friday, kids from over 100 countries around the world took part in an organized walkout. But Greta is doing more than turning people's attention to the topic of climate change with walkouts. In December, she spoke at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poland. And in January, she spoke about climate change at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

At just 16 years old, if Greta wins the prestigious prize, she would be the youngest winner in history (Malala Yousafzai holds that title at the moment, having won the Nobel in 2014 at the age of 17). In an interview with The New Yorker last year, Greta said that she has been diagnosed with autism, ADHD, and other conditions. She says her activism is twofold; she wants to get the world to pay attention to climate change, and she wants to show others the potential that lives within people with neurological differences. Greta says, "I see the world a bit different, from another perspective. I have a special interest. It’s very common that people on the autism spectrum have a special interest."

We are so inspired by Greta and her activism. This world belongs to those who come after us, and it looks like this generation isn't going to sit around and just hope for the best.

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