Greta Thunberg hasn’t graduated from high school yet, but she’s already a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The 16-year-old Swedish teen first made news in August of 2018, when she led a school strike for climate action outside the Swedish Parliament. That first demonstration evolved into the ‘Fridays for Future’ movement, in which young people around the world skip class on Friday’s to protest outside their nearest town hall.
In addition to her activism, Greta Thunberg has also given a TED Talk on climate change and addressed the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Poland on the subject.
Three Norwegian lawmakers nominated her for the Nobel Peace Prize. If she wins the award in October, she will become the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate ever. Malala Yousafzai, who was 17 when she won for her work defending children’s education, currently holds that title.
Student protests set for Friday are expected to be the largest Friday for Future demonstrations yet, with tens of thousands of students in 100 countries planning to participate. Here in the Capital, demonstrators from the University of Ottawa are expected to converge on Parliament Hill at 3 PM. They will be met by a contingent of protesters from Gatineau. Ottawa police are warning commuters about impending traffic disruptions on Friday afternoon in the downtown core.