16-Year-Old Swedish Climate Change Activist Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

The State House protest was part of a coordinated strike that inspired rallies throughout Massachusetts and in more than 100 countries from the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle

Main Msida-Valletta Road To Close This Friday As Students Strike And March Against Climate Change

Hundreds of school pupils are boycotting classes today to join a mass global demonstration calling for United Kingdom and world leaders to step up action against climate change.

This time at least 50 rallies are planned across the country, part of a global movement inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg.

"We've been talking to some students who aren't able to come to our strike because it's too far, and they're doing their own mini-marches around their schools", says organizer Julia Sampson. "If I was to say something directly to them, I would say, 'I love you, thank you, we will follow you".

Aisheeya's activism is partly inspired by the low-lying home country of her parents.

"And you know who you are, you that have ignored this and are most guilty of this", she said, as protesters cheered her name.

She's also watched her home city swelter under heatwaves in recent years.

Hong Kong is a wealthy city which is vulnerable to the many threats of climate change from stronger typhoons to rising sea levels and increased risk of disease.

We spoke with co-leaders of the state's Youth Climate Strike, 17-year-old Amalia Hochman of Somerville and 16-year-old Saraphina Forman of Northampton, about the movement and what drives them to action.

There are so many issues going on in the world - racism, sexism, gun violence. "We are on strike because we do want a future, we will carry on". "It's a much better day of education.this is the greatest issue of our time", he said.

Una McCoole 16 of Marblehead was one of hundreds of students rallying in front of the State House Friday afternoon
David L. Ryan Globe Staff Una McCoole 16 of Marblehead was one of hundreds of students rallying in front of the State House Friday afternoon

Create a department within the Environment Bureau where a group of people are explicitly charged with overseeing climate action, with the inclusion of a 'Climate Action Officer.' We believe that establishing such a role and group in charge will give climate change the attention it deserves and drive bigger climate initiatives.

"We are only seeing the beginning", Thunberg tweeted recently.

Get push notifications with news, features and more. But then the U.N.'s IPCC report came out past year [and] it pushed me even further to take action. What she says is so true.

"A lot happens on social media because you can reach a lot of young people very quickly and show them: look there's lot of us", she told The Associated Press.

"Everyone is needed. Everyone is welcome", she wrote. The more interested I got, the more I wanted to participate.

For Billie Tristram, also from Townsville, the drive to fight for climate action began at home.

Nelson College for Girls head student and strike coordinator Josephine Ripley said this generation would "inherit outcome of inaction. and we are scared".

Greta Thunberg first skipped class to sit outside government buildings in September, accusing her country of not following the Paris Climate Agreement.

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