16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a protest rally in Hamburg Germany Friday

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a protest rally in Hamburg Germany Friday

The young green activist embarked on her crusade in August a year ago to challenge inaction on climate change issues.

"We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change, it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees", Norwegian Socialist MP Freddy Andre Ovstegard told AFP news agency.

The 16-year-old climate activist has been playing hooky every Friday since last August to protest outside Sweden's parliament building. As he put it, "The massive movement Greta has set in motion is a very important peace contribution".

Anna Taylor, 17, who co-founded the United Kingdom student climate network, said: "Young people in the United Kingdom have shown that we're angry at the lack of government leadership on climate change".

"It's hard to imagine", she said.

RTÉ's Education Correspondent Emma O'Kelly met some Dublin students who are intent on protesting on Friday. "It is the biggest threat in human history and we will not accept the world's decision-makers" inaction that threatens our entire civilisation.

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Following the #FridaysForFuture movement, started by the Swedish teen, Jodi is calling on Derry students to "strike" tomorrow between 1pm and 3pm and gather in Guildhall Square to make their voices heard about the state of the earth they, as young people, will inherit.

Today's students are likely to be most affected by the consequences of climate change - impacts that scientists say will be proportionate to the level of action take by leaders today to mitigate against climate change.

Some friends are "not into it at all", she suspects because they do not want to go out in the cold - the forecast is for hail on Friday.

"We need to listen to the wisdom of our kids!" she added.

This year's Nobel Peace Prize has 304 candidates, of which 219 are individuals and 85 organisations, the Norwegian Nobel Committee reported last month.

"I think all the striking around the world will let politicians and lawmakers know that they have to do something because it is falling down the list of priorities". I hope so. Everyone talks about the climate now.

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