Teenage climate activist 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

On Friday, thousands of schoolchildren are expected to strike again against climate change in more than 100 countries around the world, including New Zealand.

Thirteen-year-old Aoife Powell, who is in her first year of secondary school, is determined to attend the Dublin protest. She says she hopes to see sustained regional action by students to maintain pressure on the Government to seriously address the issue. "And we will continue to do so for as long as it takes".

"For over 30 years, politicians around the world have failed to address climate change and it's now nearly too late. We're going to be the ones who will be living through the worst of it", she told ABC News.

Young Derry students at a number of Derry schools will tomorrow leave their classrooms in a staged "strike" to attend a protest on climate change.

Eva, 10, at the Cairns climate strike.

"But with the help of my friend, Olive Brown, who has been crucial to the planning, the Facebook campaign has gotten more attention than we anticipated".

In the lead-up to Friday's strike, the prime minister echoed his earlier sentiments, calling for "more learning in schools" and "less activism".

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"The law is clear and always had been, kids are required to be at school on school days", he told 2GB. "Don't rob yourself of the opportunities to get a great quality education".

But NSW Opposition leader Michael Daley has backed the protests, a week away from the NSW election, describing the protestors as "future leaders".

She said it was time for the country and the world to acknowledge that.

Other school students quickly followed suit and since then it has grown into a worldwide collective, demanding that governments around the world work to ensure global temperature increases do not exceed 1.5 degrees celsius.

"It's our future and it's our responsibility", said Sarah Wiles and Lauren Bailey, both 15.

Greta Thunberg, the founder of the Youth Strike for Climate movement, has been nominated for the Nobel peace prize.

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