Greta Thunberg:how her school strike went global - podcast

Katie Ramirez
March 15, 2019

Ardern's engagement has been unusual, as many politicians in countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States have chastised the children for missing a day of school.

"Climate change is worse than Voldemort", read one student's handmade sign, referring to the evil wizard in the hugely popular Harry Potter books and films.

Tomorrow, however, Greta and her fellow environmentalists are gearing up for their largest global protest yet, with thousands of schoolchildren attending protests in 105 different countries - and counting.

Young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, a prominent voice in the fight against climate change, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize this year.

Striking students have closed St Georges Terrace as part of a climate change protest.

He said members of the student group have discussed the walkout with school officials.

According to the Nobel Institute, 304 individuals and organisations have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize this year.

Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Committee on Children's Rights expressed support for the students on Wednesday, saying: "Children are citizens of our society, and they are entitled to speak their minds and express their views".

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There are marches scheduled at 1,769 sites in 112 countries.

Organizer Brendan Gardner, a junior at Bellingham High, said the Youth Climate Strike is modeled after Extinction Rebellion in Britain and Fridays for Future in Sweden, which started last summer. Mr. Shaw, who is Climate Change Minister and whose party is part of the ruling centre-left coalition, was not seriously injured.

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"And her message was she stands with you in unity and empowerment to act".

OR youth have an established history of climate activism. "We need our Earth, we need a home, and we need a good place for the future generations to grow up in".

Increase Hong Kong's reliance on renewable energy to more than 3-4% by 2030 - at least doubling this target. We are after all, here to serve people.

"There is no doubt about it that there are some people who are filled with rage and sometimes they can see politicians as people they can take that out on", she said.

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