A group of year 12 students from Nelson College for Girls said their parents and their principal supported their choice to "strike" from school.
"More people are starting to become aware of the situation and that we are facing a crisis", Thunberg said on CBSN Thursday.
"You represent the voice of my children and their children". Tomorrow we #schoolstrike for our future.
She planted the seed of the movement when Sweden was having its parliamentary elections last September. One year on, her sign has been translated into dozens of languages and her school strike protest has spread to more than 70 countries.
Today's protest, which will be mirrored by young activists around the world, is slated to be even bigger.
Greens Party co-leader James Shaw appeared with his black eye at the climate change strike in Wellington.
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"The University of Malta student council shall be rallying students and youths in Malta to participate in this Friday's global students4climate strikes".
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that "in New Zealand, you just don't expect these things to happen". "And then I thought, 'If no one does anything, I'll have to do something.' When I grow older I want to look back and say I did what I could back then".
There are 301 candidates (223 individuals, and 78 organizations) for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, according to the Nobel Foundation. She has asked world leaders not to ignore the impending consequences of runaway climate change.
"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 MP Freddy Andre Ovstegard said.
"The massive movement Greta has set in motion is a very important peace contribution", he added. "We would not be meeting that responsibility if we allowed students to skip school to attend any unsupervised event", an ESF spokesperson told HKFP.
"I think all of us will probably be united in wanting to ensure we have the kind of political environment where everyone can hold their views, but they can do that safely", Ardern said yesterday.