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

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Across Australia on Friday, classrooms have been left emptier than usual as tens of thousands of students take to the streets with a clear message for politicians: act now on climate change or else. "They are absolutely correct that our actions today will determine their futures", said Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris and chair of the C40 group of cities, according to The Guardian. "And I think it is unbelievable to see that hundreds of thousands of children from all around the world are realizing this and are making their voices heard. Our future!", could be seen marching through the Wellington CBD as they headed towards Parliament, joining over 90 different countries in calling out government inaction over the impact of climate change on future generations.

"They talk about our age, our looks and so on", she continued. Her speech inspiring other students around the world to take their own action.

"The University of Malta student council shall be rallying students and youths in Malta to participate in this Friday's global students4climate strikes".

"On climate change, we have to acknowledge that we have failed", she told global economic leaders in Davos.

This year's Nobel Peace Prize has 304 candidates, of which 219 are individuals and 85 organisations, the Norwegian Nobel Committee reported last month.

Because of her efforts to combat climate change and save the planet - and inspire young people around the world to do the same - the Swedish teen has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by three Norwegian lawmakers.

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

"Honoured and very grateful for this nomination", Thunberg tweeted early Thursday morning.

After her speeches at the United Nations climate change conference in Poland and at the Davos forum, she became an example for many young people all over the world, who since have promoted similar initiatives.

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