Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for climate activism

15 March, 2019, 13:11 | Author: Darnell Taylor
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Thousands of school students walked out of class across Australia and New Zealand on Friday as part of a global student strike against government inaction on climate change.

Since then, the protests have snowballed. "I want you to feel the fear I feel every day".

On March 15, students in Halifax and around the world will march to demand action on climate change.

On Friday, thousands of students are expected to demonstrate in more than 100 countries in what activists say could be a milestone moment in a grassroots campaign to push world leaders into doing more.

Some politicians have criticized the students, suggesting they should be spending their time in school, not on the streets.

In Germany, the leader of the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP), Christian Lindner, went so far as to discourage the student's political engagement. "That's a matter for professionals".

Home schooled students from Blenheim Natural Learners Co-op with signs they made in support of the climate change protest.

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"We're out to look after the planet, because it's the only one we've got", he said. Adults are more than welcome to join us.

At the 2015 Paris climate conference, countries pledged to work to limit the rise to 2 degrees Celsius, a step that will require a radical reduction in the use of coal and fossil fuels.

Blenheim retirees Coral and Tony Thiel, who teach jazz to Marlborough Boys' College students twice a week, said the strike was "a wonderful thing". "One of those is compatible with life, the other isn't". But even after the elections were over, her protests continued.

She says she hopes to see sustained regional action by students to maintain pressure on the Government to seriously address the issue.

However, we do not feel that the now planned actions to address climate change are sufficient or are being implemented with the necessary urgency.

"It is truly inspiring to see young people, led by brilliant young women, making their voices heard and demanding urgent climate action".

Hirsi, who lists on Twitter page that she is the head of the Minnesota High School Democrats and several other left-wing youth-based organizations, said in a recent interview with Grist that she is looking to "change the conversation" on issues such as the Green New Deal by organizing the strike.

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