Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for climate activism

Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for climate activism

For example, students in Australia seek to stop the Adani mine, a large coal mine they fear will hurt the Great Barrier Reef, while students in the USA will advocate for the Green New Deal, a progressive piece of climate legislation that is popular among youth-led climate initiatives like Sunrise Movement and Zero Hour. Organizers do not expect all students to be able to travel for the strike, so they will be live streaming it. That event has 46 signed up to go, with 225 interested (as of Tuesday).

Today's students are likely to be most affected by the consequences of climate change - impacts that scientists say will be proportionate to the level of action take by leaders today to mitigate against climate change.

Thunberg said on Twitter that nearly 100 countries will be involved. "These are different from the weekly strikes".

They accuse the government of not doing enough to stop global warming, and they are taking the day off school to show how anxious they are about their future.

"These strikes generally pop up around the world by passionate students who see the importance and emphasis that missing school puts on this issue". Since September, she's done the same every Friday, according to the website FridaysForFuture.

Over the past half year, Thunberg has been taking world leaders to task over climate inaction with blunt, fiery speeches.

"We need to listen to the wisdom of our kids!" she added. The less action taken in the short term, the worse the long-term impacts will be, researchers have spelled out in recent reports from United States and United Nations climate scientists.

The strike's platform calls for 100 percent renewable energy by 2030; halting all fossil fuel infrastructure projects; basing government policy on scientific research; requiring environmental education in schools; banning fracking and mountaintop mining; and changing the agricultural industry, among other measures.

The 16-year-old, now with a global following, has been crusading so far on just a bicycle and with a hand-painted placard reading: "School strike for climate".

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