Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg nominated for Norway's Nobel Peace Prize

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg nominated for Norway's Nobel Peace Prize

"We are here to pressure our local, state and federal officials to take action on climate change", said Eden Summerlin, a 16-year-old junior from Madison High School, who spoke from the steps of Morristown's town hall to a crowd of more than 100 students, parents and activists.

Greta is a Swedish girl from Stockholm.

Since then she has gone global, striking a chord with younger people disillusioned by the slow progress of the adult world in halting climate change.

Some students kicked off the demonstration by walking out of class at 11:11 a.m. Friday, a reference to the 11 years it could take for global warming to reach 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, as projected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The 16-year-old climate activist has been playing hooky every Friday since last August to protest outside Sweden's parliament building.

In her interviews Greta comes across as blunt, honest and very smart.

"They talk about our age, our looks and so on", she continued. Now is one of those moments.

She said: "For my birthday I asked everyone to come here today, we won't have a future if we don't act now".

You have failed us in the past.

Today's protest, which will be mirrored by young activists around the world, is slated to be even bigger. "Obviously, one strike isn't going to change everything, but this isn't the last strike", Hirsi said.

The students say they have heard teens from other schools, including Halifax West, Charles P. Allen, and Eastern Passage, will join them. "But all of us who are under 18 will be here, and we've been given no voice. I think that's the main thing". But youth-led movements have an incredible feeling of hope, which is good.

Students gather to call for action on climate change at the Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday

It is hard for them to know how to react in the face of a younger generation who don't yet have the right to vote but are determined to have their say.

"There is not sufficient and effective policy to keep the UK's carbon targets below where they need to be", he said.

"For way too long the politicians and the people in power have gotten away with not doing anything to fight the climate crisis". This is the way that we have collectively made a decision to get their attention.

Fortunately the strike coincided with lunchtime, but Mr Wood said he would have been happy to support them anyway.

That was Greta speaking to European Union politicians earlier this year.

"We have only been born into this world, we are going to have to live with this crisis our whole lives". But we are not. That is next year. Numerous the young people who joined for the rally were meeting for the first time.

"This strike is important to us because we are the future generation who has to bear the burden of inaction if our current government doesn't do anything to address the damage humans are causing to the earth and the atmosphere".

"If you're in fear, good". We don't have any other manifestos or demands. "Unite behind the science".

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.

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