16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a protest rally in Hamburg Germany Friday

"The massive movement Greta has set in motion is a very important peace contribution", he said.

The strikes are inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who has organized similar events.

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

Co-organiser Isla Day said young people could not wait until they were older to take action on climate change. "It is the biggest threat in human history and we will not accept the world's decision-makers" inaction that threatens our entire civilisation.

Borrowing a page from the youth activist playbook put to wide use a year ago, when students across the country walked out of school and called for increasing gun restrictions, Din and other students across the country hope a strike from school will focus attention on their demands for immediate action to address climate change. "The strikes so far have students in a hundred countries confirmed participating around the globe", Carla Galea, the KSU President, said today. We'll be walking from the University of Malta to the Parliament building in Valletta, to raise awareness on our future and our planet!

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

"It's going to be quite impressive", said Gillibrand of the School Strike for Climate movement, "and it's incredibly inspiring that it all started with Greta striking on her own".

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"I think that change is on the horizon and the people will stand up for their future".

Her successful campaigning has resulted in her giving lectures at the UN Climate Talks and World Economic Forum.

There are 301 candidates (223 individuals, and 78 organizations) for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, according to the Nobel Foundation.

"We need to listen to the wisdom of our kids!" she added.

A list of regional protests was available at the School Strike 4 Climate Australia website.

"For way too long, the politicians and the people in power have gotten away with not doing anything to fight the climate crisis, but we will make sure that they will not get away with it any longer", Thunberg told the crowd at a school strike in Antwerp, Belgium this month.

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