'Worse than Voldemort': Global students' strike targets climate change

'Worse than Voldemort': Global students' strike targets climate change

Six months ago no one knew who Thunberg was when, as a 15-year-old, she camped outside Sweden's parliament next to a hand-written sign: "SCHOOL STRIKE FOR CLIMATE".

Ella Smith, from the group, said it was good the school was supporting the movement "because we are the future and we're the ones who can actually make a change now". She has asked world leaders not to ignore the impending consequences of runaway climate change.

Chants petered out when a number of students took to the stage set up in the square to speak about what actions needed to be taken.

We are grateful that in the first "Steering Committee Meeting on Climate Change" in 2016, the Chief Executive explicitly identified the need to "formulate and communicate long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies by 2020" and address the challenge as a "responsible member of the global community". Her strikes inspired last year's Strike 4 Climate Action, which saw Aussie students take to the streets around the nation.

Friday's rallies are expected to be one of the biggest global actions yet.

Greta Thunberg, the Swedish schoolgirl climate campaigner who has inspired worldwide protests, should be awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize, Norwegian lawmakers said Thursday.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern struck a different tone.

Campaigners said 15,000 people took part in protests in more than 60 towns and cities across the United Kingdom in February.

"My parents came from Bangladesh which is a country severely affected by climate change", she says.

Scottish Greens education spokesman Ross Greer said: "These courageous young people deserve to have their voices heard".

"There is nothing happening about this in Derry", she said.

"I live in Western Sydney where the effects of climate change are also felt to quite an alarming degree", she says.

But Environment Secretary Michael Gove backed the protesting children, saying in a video: "Dear school climate strikers, we agree". "I want you to feel the fear I feel every day".

In August 2018, Thunberg began camping outside the Riksdag, claiming that the Swedish parliament had not maintained the country's commitments to the Paris Agreement from 2015.

"They're making a bigger contribution and learning more by doing this strike than anything they could possibly do at school", she told 3AW.

He said: "The growth of the global grassroots youth climate strike movement is staggering".

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