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

Frederick Owens
March 15, 2019

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern struck a different tone.

The latest strike is expected to be much larger than the first, held last month, when around 600 Scots were among around 15,000 youngsters across the United Kingdom who skipped school to protest.

"We don't have the time to wait, that's not a luxury that we have anymore", says 17-year-old Katie Hutten.

Aisheeya's activism is partly inspired by the low-lying home country of her parents.

Greta Thunberg first skipped class to sit outside government buildings in September, accusing her country of not following the Paris Climate Agreement.

Nine councils have now indicated in response to letters from Scottish Green MSPs that they won't pursue punitive action against young people taking part.

She's also watched her home city swelter under heatwaves in recent years.

"We are striking because our world leaders have yet to acknowledge, prioritize, or properly address our climate crisis", according to the Youth Climate Strike's website.

The world's leading climate scientists have warned there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5ºC, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.

"We are the professionals and we're saying the young generation is right", said Volker Quaschning, a professor of engineering at Berlin's University of Applied Sciences.

Yves Herman  ReutersDemonstrators take part in a protest against climate change in central Brussels Belgium
Yves Herman ReutersDemonstrators take part in a protest against climate change in central Brussels Belgium

"There's so much research going on showing what the world will look like, so many cities and countries will go underwater". With little action from the national government, time is running out, and many teens are fearful for both the present and future condition of the climate. She attended a rally in New Plymouth, and spoke to students.

Is there a question about climate change you'd like us to answer?

"When you have privilege it's important to speak up".

Whether or not your have heard of the "School Strike 4 Climate" before today, do you support your children, grandchildren or mokopuna if they choose to protest about climate change this Friday?

'We are only seeing the beginning, ' Ms Thunberg tweeted recently. "It was a horrendous flood", she says.

He said: "The growth of the global grassroots youth climate strike movement is staggering".

"Everyone is needed. Everyone is welcome", she wrote.

For Billie Tristram, also from Townsville, the drive to fight for climate action began at home.

"We weren't aware of the school strike in November".

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