Swedish Environmental Activist Greta Thunberg, 16, Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

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

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

As millions of youths organise around the world to demand a change in the way the world fights climate change, Maltese students are expected to take to the streets as part of a global strike this Friday.

Thunberg, who has attended climate marches in Brussels and Paris in recent weeks, said she was honoured and very grateful for 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.

"I think we have reached a tipping point where enough scientists are telling it like it is and not being so afraid of being alarmist", Thunberg told New Scientist on Wednesday, adding it's been frustrating that many people are paying more attention to her age than the issue at hand.

Thunberg made headlines worldwide previous year when a spate of unseasonal forest fires convinced her to protest outside of Sweden's parliament building.

Greta's weekly protests have also sparked similar events in Germany, Australia, Japan, Belgium, and France.

But Friday's protest is billed as the biggest so far.

Any national lawmaker can nominate somebody for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Since then, she has been missing lessons most Fridays to stage her regular protests.

"We are striking because marginalized communities across our nation - especially communities of color, disabled communities, and low- income communities are already disproportionately impacted by climate change".

How is the Nobel Peace Prize nominated and chosen? Any person who meets the nomination criteria is considered.

The prize is announced in October and awarded in December in the Norwegian capital, Oslo.

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

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