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Teenage climate activist nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a protest rally in Hamburg Germany Friday

Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish activist who is a prominent voice in the fight against climate change, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize this year.

If Greta wins the prize, she will be the youngest person to ever become a Nobel laureate.

Ms Thunberg tweeted she was "honoured" to receive the nomination.

"We have nominated Greta because the climate threat may be one of the most important causes of war and conflict", Norwegian parliamentary representative Freddy Andre Oevstegaard told local tabloid VG.

She has even provided a template letter on the Facebook event page, Global Climate Strike, for those hoping to attend the protest to give to their schools.

Thunberg spoke at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poland this past December where she told lawmakers they were "not mature enough to tell it like it is".

A spokeswoman from Otumoetai College said the school was not going to stop the students going to the strike, but they needed to bring a note from their parents acknowledging their absence.

So far, there have been regular walkouts around the world, including in countries likes Germany, Belgium, the UK, France, Australia and Japan.

According to the Nobel Prize organization, any national member of government can nominate an individual for the heralded peace award.

Thousands of students and pupils from Tauranga and the wider Bay of Plenty will join rolling strikes from Invercargill in the south to Russell in the north throughout the day to urge elected leaders to take immediate action against climate change.

Since then, she has been missing lessons most Fridays to stage her regular protests. The teen activist also spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January. Any person who meets the nomination criteria is considered.

The names of nominators and nominees are not normally made public until 50 years have elapsed, it adds.

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