Thunberg is responsible for the global movement which sees teenagers protest against climate change. 

Greta Thunberg, the founder of the Youth Strike for Climate movement, has been nominated for the Nobel peace prize, ahead of the biggest day of global action yet. 

The 16-year-old Swede – who has encouraged teenagers all over the world to strike to change government laws surrounding climate change – kickstarted a global movement when she, aged 15, camped outside Sweden's parliament next to a hand-written sign: "SCHOOL STRIKE FOR CLIMATE."

Now, Thunberg is responsible for weekly protests, the biggest of which is happening this Friday. It's expected that hundreds of thousands of students in 1,659 towns and cities in 105 countries across the world will protest – continuing the #FridaysforFuture movement. 

“We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees,” said Norwegian Socialist MP Freddy André Øvstegård.

“Greta Thunberg has launched a mass movement which I see as a major contribution to peace.”

“[I am] honoured and very grateful for this nomination,” said Thunberg on Twitter.

"Tomorrow we #schoolstrike for our future. And we will continue to do so for as long as it takes.” 

National politicians and some university professors can nominate candidates for the Nobel peace prize, which will be awarded in December. There are 301 candidates for the 2019 prize: 223 individuals and 78 organisations.

In 2014, the peace prize was awarded to 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai, “for the struggle ... for the right of all children to education”. She survived a Taliban assassination attempt in 2012.

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