16-Year-Old Swedish Climate Change Activist Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

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

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

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.

The Swedish 16-year-old is an inspirational yet unlikely leader of weekly school strikes that have gained momentum worldwide.

Students in Australia protested against climate change last November, defying calls from the Prime Minister for them to stay in school.

"I think we are only seeing the beginning. Why should we go and study for a future that may not exist anymore?" "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.

Global temperatures have been rising at an alarming rate in recent years and the children are concerned about what the world will look like when they become adults.

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

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She soon gained a large following on social media for her work, and the movement she started spread to other countries across Europe and around the world.

"We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees", said Norwegian Socialist MP Freddy André Øvstegård.

The Nobel committee doesn't comment on nominations, but Thunberg is up for the 2019 prize along with 301 other candidates, including 223 individuals and 78 organizations.

Derry girl Jodi said she felt it was time for the young people of Derry to make their voices heard on the issue too. As he put it, "The massive movement Greta has set in motion is a very important peace contribution".

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

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