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Students to join worldwide climate change protests

15 March 2019

"Greta Thunberg has launched a mass movement which I see as a major contribution to peace", he added.

Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish activist who is a prominent voice in the fight against climate change, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize this year.

RTÉ's Education Correspondent Emma O'Kelly met some Dublin students who are intent on protesting on Friday.

Since then she has gone global, striking a chord with younger people disillusioned by the perceived slow progress of the adult world in halting climate change.

"We need to take more action on climate change now and a lot of that action is not going to come from trying to use the train rather than driving your vehicle".

In a historical speech she delivered at COP24 climate talks in Poland a year ago, she had reprimanded global leaders for their inaction on climate change.

Now, a global grassroots movement is expected to bring tens of thousands of school students onto the streets tomorrow in countries across the world.

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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.

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

The March 15 protest isn't the first of its kind.

After her speeches at the United Nations climate change conference in Poland and at the Davos forum, she became an example for many young people all over the world, who since have promoted similar initiatives.

Maltese students will be marching from the University of Malta to Valletta, Malta's capital city, to emphasise how they do not want to inherit a land, and indeed world, that has been destroyed and poisoned through humanity's gluttonous greed. "They are arguing about things like Brexit but we need them to act now on climate change. because in 12 years we can't turn anything back".

National politicians and some university professors can nominate candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize.

They will skip school and demonstrate in an attempt to get their governments to do more to tackle climate change. I hope so. Everyone talks about the climate now.

Students to join worldwide climate change protests