Thousands of students to protest against climate change today

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Speaking to Reuters, Thunberg had said: "I think this movement is very important".

The Swedish teenager - who on her Twitter page describes herself as "a 16-year-old climate activist with Asperger [syndrome]" - first staged a school strike for the climate in front of the Swedish parliament in August last year.

Students from around the Capital Region plan to skip out of school Friday as part of a global youth climate strike, calling on lawmakers to prioritize efforts to combat climate change.

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

In the United Kingdom more than 10,000 children walked out of class last month and organisers expect Friday's event to be even bigger with about 100 events taking place involving thousands of schools across the country.

Tens of thousands of high school students are planning on ditching school this Friday March 15. We'll be walking from the University of Malta to the Parliament building in Valletta, to raise awareness on our future and our planet!

"It's hard to imagine", she said.

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What are the school protests?

"They talk about our age, our looks and so on", she continued. There's a precedent for the Nobel Peace Prize going to a courageous teen who speaks truth to power: The 2014 prize was given to Malala Yousafzai, 17 years old at the time, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt and advocates for girls' education.

Letter to the Guardian: "We finally need to treat the climate crisis as a crisis".

"We are only seeing the beginning", Thunberg tweeted recently.

- Extinction Rebellion (@ExtinctionR) March 14, 2019 To those wondering what the climate has to do w/peace, consider how many future military conflicts & humanitarian crises will result from serious climate change (land, water, food, migration/refugees).

While some politicians have opposed the school strikes, many have supported them, including Germany's Angela Merkel and Ireland's Leo Varadkar.

I hope that you will be awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.