16-Year-Old Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize
- Author: Joey Payne Mar 15, 2019,
Mar 15, 2019, 0:26
Freddy Andre Oevstegaard and two other members of the Socialist Left Party said they believe "the massive movement Greta has set in motion is a very important peace contribution".
Six months ago as an unknown 15-year-old Ms Thunberg camped outside Sweden's parliament next to a hand-written sign: "SCHOOL STRIKE FOR CLIMATE".
Borrowing a page from the youth activist playbook put to wide use previous year, when students across the country walked out of school and called for increasing gun restrictions, Din and other students across the country hope a strike from school will focus attention on their demands for immediate action to address climate change.
In the United Kingdom more than 10,000 children walked out of class last month and organisers expect Friday's event to be even bigger with about 100 events taking place involving thousands of schools across the country. We'll be walking from the University of Malta to the Parliament building in Valletta, to raise awareness on our future and our planet!
"Many people like to think climate change is a problem we will have to worry about in the far future", she said.
It's not the first time schoolkids have ditched class for protests in the streets - in November, students filled arcades and city squares, defying calls by the Prime Minister to stay in school, to call for an end to political inertia on climate policy. "Change is coming whether they like it or not", she said.
"They talk about our age, our looks and so on", she continued. "We need to drive systematic change", she said.
Thunberg began a solo protest in Sweden in August but has since inspired students around the globe.
"These strikes generally pop up around the world by passionate students who see the importance and emphasis that missing school puts on this issue". I don't want you to be hopeful.