16-Year-Old Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

Nellie Chapman
March 15, 2019

The marches are part of a worldwide student strike movement, which started in August 2018 when 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg began protesting outside her parliament on school days.

Over the past half year, Thunberg has been taking world leaders to task over climate inaction with blunt, fiery speeches. "Action. When do we want it. Now".

Following devastating hurricanes in the U.S., record droughts in Cape Town and forest fires in the Arctic, the IPCC makes clear that climate change is already happening, upgraded its risk warning from previous reports, and warned that every fraction of additional warming would worsen the impact.

Organisers claim students from schools in at least 18 areas of Scotland are preparing for strikes, inspired by the Fridays for Future movement.

Around the world, thousands of young people are demanding action on climate change.

Schoolchildren, parents and other supporters were expected to hold similar demonstrations in 100 countries on Friday.

"We are only seeing the beginning", tweeted Thunberg, who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her activism.

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Scottish Greens education spokesman Ross Greer said: "These courageous young people deserve to have their voices heard. The strikes so far have students in a hundred countries confirmed participating around the globe", Carla Galea, the KSU President, said today.

"We are striking because our world leaders have yet to acknowledge, prioritize, or properly address our climate crisis", according to the Youth Climate Strike's website.

"We are the professionals and we're saying the young generation is right", said Volker Quaschning, a professor of engineering at Berlin's University of Applied Sciences. Just last week, the City of Portland filed amicus briefs in support of two cases where youth are suing the government over climate change, Chernaik v. Brown and Juliana v. "With our futures at stake, we call for radical legislative action to combat climate change and its countless detrimental effects on the American people".

"They're making a bigger contribution and learning more by doing this strike than anything they could possibly do at school", she told 3AW.

But Tully has been on the trail of climate activism for some time.

"I think that what she stands for and how she takes it on board is very inspiring in that it's not all talk and we are trying to get action", Billie says.

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