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

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

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

World leaders may listen to the school pupils taking part in one of the largest global climate change protests ever, but the key test is whether they take action, said the 13-year-old.

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.

The New Jersey students have formed a coalition called the NJ Youth Climate Strike to organize its efforts.

Hundreds of thousands of children are expected to walk out of their classrooms on Friday for a global climate strike amid growing anger at the failure of politicians to tackle the escalating ecological crisis.

Schalmont High School senior Audrea Din set out to organize the Friday rally, scheduled to be held 11 a.m.at West Capitol Park, last week after learning no one else had stepped up to do so. That event has 46 signed up to go, with 225 interested (as of Tuesday). Her speech inspiring other students around the world to take their own action.

Greta Thunberg has been striking from school every Friday for a year nearly. "These are different from the weekly strikes. It not only makes people aware, and makes people talk about it more, but also to show the people in power that this is the most important thing there is". Since September, she's done the same every Friday, according to the website FridaysForFuture. "Our organization team is very dedicated to this subject and so these strikes will likely be made up of mainly us, but we welcome any and all students who wish to participate". "And we will continue to do so for as long as it takes".

Letter to the Guardian: "We finally need to treat the climate crisis as a crisis".

The strike's platform calls for 100 percent renewable energy by 2030; halting all fossil fuel infrastructure projects; basing government policy on scientific research; requiring environmental education in schools; banning fracking and mountaintop mining; and changing the agricultural industry, among other measures.

In August 2018, at 15 years old, Thunberg captured the attention of mainstream media when she skipped school and sat on the steps of the Swedish parliament building for three weeks, demanding the government do more to address climate change.

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