16-Year-Old Swedish Climate Change Activist Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a protest rally in Hamburg Germany Friday

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a protest rally in Hamburg Germany Friday

Young Derry students at a number of Derry schools will tomorrow leave their classrooms in a staged "strike" to attend a protest on climate change.

Voting will take place in October, with the winners chosen through a majority vote.

Local waste advocate Leo Murray, who has been asked to speak at the Tauranga central event, said the conversation now needed to be about what children had to say as "we have heard far too much from the adults". Her strikes inspired last year's Strike 4 Climate Action, which saw Aussie students take to the streets around the nation. "Why should we go and study for a future that may not exist anymore?" The then-15-year-old skipped school for three weeks and sat outside the country's Parliament building with a sign demanding radical action from government on climate change.

"They talk about our age, our looks and so on", she continued.

"On climate change, we have to acknowledge that we have failed", she told global economic leaders in Davos.

She soon gained a large following on social media for her work, and the movement she started spread to other countries across Europe and around the world.

Should she win, she would become the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient, as BBC News points out.

"We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict, and refugees", Norwegian politician Freddy André Øvstegård told worldwide news agency AFP. The politicians also noted that "We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees".

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".

"I think that change is on the horizon and the people will stand up for their future".

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