Swedish girl nominated for Nobel Prize

Gwen Vasquez
March 15, 2019

What started as separate acts of absolute refusal - Thunberg's 2018 one-person protest outside the Swedish parliament the most prominent - has become a global movement.

"Hey, hey, ho, ho, fossil fuels have got to go" was just one of the chants that echoed around Nelson's Church Steps as students striked for action on climate change.

What are the protests about?

A 16-year-old girl has been nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her astonishing worldwide campaign to protect the environment.

Some schools may take a harder stance on activism-related absences, but if they do that would be at the discretion of the school's principal, said district spokesman Harry Esteve.

Since rising to prominence, Thunberg has spoken at the United Nations Climate Change Conference to share her urgent message with world leaders.

Everyone is welcome. Everyone is needed.

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Those attending the Environment, Energy and Climate Cabinet Committee yesterday morning were told Shaw, who is the Minister for Climate Change, had been assaulted and that he would be late for the 11am meeting.

Every Friday since that first event, Greta has skipped her school classes so she can continue hosting her #FridaysForFuture protests during which she adds further pressure on Swedish lawmakers to take action against climate change.

Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai in 2014 became the youngest victor of the prize, at the age of 17.

On Twitter, a user called Leah wrote: "Government has blocked our #ClimateStrike for tomorrow yet we wrote to them in time & followed all procedures". "We'll do to it our way @GretaThunberg".

Hong Kong students have urged the authorities to include youth representatives in environmental bodies, ahead of a school walkout on Friday to protest government inaction over climate change.

The National Association of Head Teachers did not support the strikes, saying "nothing is more important than a child's education".

She said she was "with Jacinda last night" and she had asked the prime minister what she would say to the people of Nelson. There was a couple who intervened on the scene, and I really want to thank them for their intervention, the staff of the Wellington ambulance crew, the Wellington police who were on the scene and also, of course, the nurses and the doctors and the staff in Wellington Hospital for all of their terrific work yesterday. But it is important to emphasise that disruption increases teacher's workloads and wastes lesson time that teachers have carefully prepared for.

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