Thursday, 21 March, 2019

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 climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a protest rally in Hamburg Germany Friday
Cary Marshall | 15 March, 2019, 05:38

Young Derry students at a number of Derry schools will tomorrow leave their classrooms in a staged "strike" to attend a protest on climate change.

The Swedish 16-year-old is an inspirational yet unlikely leader of weekly school strikes that have gained momentum worldwide. The Youth Climate Strike will take place in more than 130 cities in the us, and in 90 countries. "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.

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.

"I think we are only seeing the beginning". But even after the elections were over, her protests continued.

Local high school students plan to participate in the Global Youth Climate Strike on Friday, March 15, at 10 am. Her speech inspiring other students around the world to take their own action.

"I just thought that nothing is happening and no one is doing anything to fight climate change", she told CBSN.

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The politicians also noted that "We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees".

Greta Thunberg, who was named one of Time's Most Influential Teens of 2018, reportedly landed on the list of nominees this year after three Norwegian lawmakers put her name up, according to Norwegian media outlet VG.

After the news of her nomination broke, Thunberg took to Twitter to say she was "honoured and very grateful for this nomination".

National politicians and some university professors can nominate candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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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