16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

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

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her work leading a youth campaign to halt climate change. Strikes seeking global action against climate change are expected in 1,659 towns and cities in 105 countries on Friday, involving hundreds of thousands of young people, the Guardian reported.

Norwegian deputy Andre Ovstegard told the "VG" newspaper on Wednesday that he and two other parliamentarians of the Socialist Left Party have nominated Thunberg because "climate threats are perhaps one of the most important contributions to war and conflict", and "the mass movement that she has promoted is a very important contribution to peace", reports Efe news.

Thunberg said on Twitter that nearly 100 countries will be involved.

"On Twitter, Thunberg said, "[I am] honoured and very grateful for this nomination".

She had already challenged leaders in person at the United Nations climate summit in late 2018 and at Davos in January.

"They talk about our age, our looks and so on", she continued.

If she were to win, she would be the youngest recipient since Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai, who was 17 when she received the prize.

How is the Nobel Peace Prize nominated and chosen?

The Norwegian Nobel Committee is responsible for selecting the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates.

Ms Thunberg encouraged students to skip school to join protests demanding faster action on climate change, as her message spread from Sweden across the continent. The teen activist also spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January.

Now three MPs from Norway have put her forward for the prestigious prize, which was founded by Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel.

The Nobel Peace Prize a year ago went to Congo's Denis Mukwege and Iraq's Nadia Murad for "their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict".

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