Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Portland Students Prepare for Worldwide Climate Strike

Portland Students Prepare for Worldwide Climate Strike

The 16-year-old Swede was nominated for the humanitarian award by three Norwegian politicians, who believe her work to engage young people and policy-makers alike on the dangers of climate change constitutes a real push for global peace.

The activist, who was named one of TIME's Most Influential Teens of 2018, has inspired hundreds of thousands of students at schools around the world to hold strikes in an effort to urge their leaders to act.

She has asked world leaders not to ignore the impending consequences of runaway climate change.

Shaw will attend a climate change protest at Parliament shortly before midday and to speak to media. One of the leaders the young girl mentioned in a message to digital video publisher Brut India was Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"We have an environment in New Zealand where politicians are accessible - and that's something we should feel proud of", she said. Tomorrow we #schoolstrike for our future.

"But today's events really show we can not take that for granted".

She had already challenged leaders in person at the United Nations climate summit in late 2018 and at Davos in January.

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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.

Ardern said that when she spoke to Shaw afterwards, he told her he was "doing fine".

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.

Malala Yousafzai now holds the record for youngest Nobel laureate after she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 at the age of 17.

According to the Nobel Institute, 304 individuals and organisations have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize this year. The names of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates will be announced that month.

The Nobel Peace Prize a year ago went to Congo's Denis Mukwege and Iraq's Nadia Murad for "their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict", according to the Nobel Committee's ruling.

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