Ilhan Omar's Daughter Leading Climate Change School Walkouts in U.S.

Sergio Conner
March 15, 2019

Last month, the Washington Post profiled Alexandria Villasenor, a New York City student who has spent every Friday since December in front of the United Nations building to protest climate change inaction.

"The government just needs to change some things, which is why if we go on strike on a school day then they'll notice and they might actually do something about it", said 14-year-old New Zealand student Inese, who did not want her surname made public.

The activist, who was named one of TIME's Most Influential Teens of 2018, has inspired hundreds of thousands of students at schools around the world to hold strikes in an effort to urge their leaders to act.

Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai in 2014 became the youngest victor of the prize, at the age of 17.

"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 rallies will continue around the world, with students in more than 100 countries and in 2,000 locations set to skip class to make their voices heard.

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The protests are part of a global movement that is demanding action from governments and politicians on climate change.

Greta's weekly protests have also sparked similar events in Germany, Australia, Japan, Belgium, and France.

According to the Nobel Institute, 304 individuals and organisations have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize this year.

Thousands of people, including lawmakers and cabinet members from around the world, former laureates and some university professors, are entitled to nominate people for the prize.

National politicians, global officials, academics and previous winners are among those who can nominate potential recipients.

The list of nominees is kept secret for at least 50 years, in line with the Nobel Foundation's statutes.

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