First, she became TIME’s Person Of The Year — now, she has her sights set on something bigger. 

Greta Thunberg was officially nominated as a candidate for 2020’s Nobel Peace Prize.

The nomination comes from two Swedish lawmakers, Hakan Svenneling and Jens Holm, as they submitted the 17-year-old’s name to be considered for her work in encouraging others to work toward a more sustainable future. 

They noted that Greta is a perfect example because she “has worked hard to make politicians open their eyes to the climate crisis” and that “action for reducing our emissions and complying with the Paris Agreement is therefore also an act of making peace.”

Surprisingly, this isn’t Greta’s first time being nominated. Her name came up as a  possible Nobel Peace Prize candidate in 2019. However, the honor ultimately went to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for his efforts to resolve a long-running conflict with neighboring Eritrea.

If Greta wins this time, she will become the second-youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. That honor belongs to Malala Yousafzai, who was 17 when she became a joint recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for her work in fighting for the right for all children to have an education.

However, we’ll have to wait a bit to see if Greta won the prestigious prize. This October. The Nobel Laureates will be chosen through a majority vote. The names of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates are then announced and will receive their prize in an award ceremony in December. 

Do you think Greta will win this year? Let us know in the comments!

Luda Berdnyk

Luda is originally from a tiny city in Ukraine, but moved to San Francisco, California, when she was a child and has lived there for 17+ years. Her interests include traveling, learning about (and trying food from) different countries, hiking, and exploring her city.
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