Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl who galvanised a movement to fight climate change, is tipped to win the Nobel Peace Prize, which she was nominated for by three Norwegian MPs back in March.
The environmental campaigner is reportedly the bookies' favourite to pick up the award next week, with Ladbrokes citing odds of 4/6 for her to win, according to The Daily Mail.
Per the bookmaker, Thunberg's rousing speech at the UN conference pushed her to the forefront to win the prestigious award.Watch Thunberg rebuke world leaders:
During the emotional address, Thunberg condemned world leaders for not doing enough to combat climate change, dubbing it a "betrayal" of young people.
The teenager told governments that "You are still not mature enough to tell it like it is. You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal."
"This is all wrong. I shouldn't be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you?" she continued.
"You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, yet I'm one of the lucky ones. People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing. And if you choose to fail us, I say, we will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line."
The UN summit was organised to encourage countries to address the climate crisis as scientists issue increasingly urgent warnings. A recent UN investigation found that commitments to cut world-warming gases must be at least tripled if we are to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris agreement to maintain the global temperature rise to 2C, at most, above the pre-industrial era.
Per the UN, the planet is on track to warm by as much as 3.4C by the end of this century. They warn that this could incite heatwaves, flooding, and droughts which could prove to be disastrous, as well as escalating the extinction of coral reefs and other species.