Greta Thunberg is just your regular 16 year old – except she’s been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and would be the youngest recipient in history if she were to win. The Swedish climate activist was nominated by three Norwegian MPs after her peaceful protests combatting climate change went viral last year.
When she was just 15, Greta started a school strike (which has since evolved into the Fridays For The Future campaign), where she stood outside the Swedish Parliament to protest the lack of action against climate change. The inspirational campaign has prompted students worldwide to take to the streets in an effort to support Greta’s mission – 100,000 schoolchildren have taken part across the globe so far, including in Germany, Australia and Japan, and show no signs of slowing down any time soon.
The determined '16-year-old climate activist with Asperger’s' (as she describes herself in her Instagram bio) has spoken at UN Climate Talks and the World Economic Forum, and isn’t letting her age stop her from speaking up – she compared world leaders’ behaviour to that of ‘irresponsible schoolchildren’. The best part? She said it to their faces.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner will be announced in October, but until then you can follow Greta’s mission from the #FridaysForTheFuture hashtag on Instagram.