Every Friday since that first event, Greta has skipped her school classes so she can continue hosting her #FridaysForFuture protests during which she adds further pressure on Swedish lawmakers to take action against climate change.
Across Australia on Friday, classrooms have been left emptier than usual as tens of thousands of students take to the streets with a clear message for politicians: act now on climate change or else. We'll be walking from the University of Malta to the Parliament building in Valletta, to raise awareness on our future and our planet!
She planted the seed of the movement when Sweden was having its parliamentary elections last September.
A spokeswoman from Otumoetai College said the school was not going to stop the students going to the strike, but they needed to bring a note from their parents acknowledging their absence.
Global temperatures have been rising at an alarming rate in recent years and the children are concerned about what the world will look like when they become adults. Her efforts eventually got the attention of world leaders when she delivered a blistering speech at the UN's climate conference in December.
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Greta Thunberg, who was named one of Time's Most Influential Teens of 2018, reportedly landed on the list of nominees this year after three Norwegian lawmakers put her name up, according to Norwegian media outlet VG.
Thunberg's nomination comes just one day before hundreds of thousands of young people are expected to walk out of their schools on strike in 1,659 towns and cities in 105 countries to raise Climate Change awareness.
"Honoured and very grateful for this nomination", Thunberg tweeted early Thursday morning.