Tuesday, 21 May, 2019

Swedish Environmental Activist Greta Thunberg, 16, Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

REUTERS  Charles Platiau Main Msida-Valletta Road To Close This Friday As Students Strike And March Against Climate Change
Elijah Vega | 15 March, 2019, 13:12

As part of the #FridaysForFuture movement headed by the activist, tens of thousands of young people around the world will be skipping school this Friday to march for change.

Since then, she has been missing lessons most Fridays to stage her regular protests.

"We have proposed Greta Thunberg because climate change, if it is not stopped, will be the main cause of wars, conflicts and refugee flows in the future", said one of the nominating MPs, Freddy André Øvstegård.

The demands of protests were as follows: Stop the Adani coal mine, set to be the largest in the country, no new coal or gas projects, and a commitment to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030.

But scientists have backed the protests, with thousands signing petitions in support of the students in Britain, Finland and Germany.

"We're out to look after the planet, because it's the only one we've got", he said. "We can't vote, yet it's our futures that will be most affected by climate change". "Because in a sense, it's incredibly courageous not to go to school for once".

"We've been talking to some students who aren't able to come to our strike because it's too far, and they're doing their own mini-marches around their schools", says organizer Julia Sampson. In 2015, world leaders agreed in Paris to a goal of keeping the Earth's global temperature rise by the end of the century well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). "One of those is compatible with life, the other isn't".

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Omar is also supporting her daughter's movement by promising to attend the nationwide protest in Washington, DC, on Friday.

In France, activist groups launched legal action this week for failing to do enough to fight climate change, citing a similar successful effort in the Netherlands.

Marlborough Mayor John Leggett, on right, is called out from a meeting by students protesting climate change.

"Politicians that have been in power for so long have let us down", she says.

In a statement published on Wednesday, student organisers asked the government to establish youth representatives in the Steering Committee on Climate Change - an interdepartmental environmental action group - saying: "It could be a great advantage to have youth representation for climate change in Hong Kong as this would allow future generations to have a voice and more control over our collective future".

Doha Khan, a student from Adelaide, says she's "very lucky" to have the support of both her parents and her school to go on strike.

"When I saw that (Fridays for Future) was planning to have an inaugural protest in the USA on March 15th, I sent out a message to a few friends to see if they wanted to organize a student strike in Bellingham", Gardner said in an email.

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