Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for climate activism

Students took to the church steps to protest for their future

Students took to the church steps to protest for their future

She said students had a "vision for a safe-climate future".

Sam Brookfield, who attends Dover Grammar School for Boys, said: "We're really sick of politicians just ignoring everything that scientists, and young people are saying".

But one lorry which was brought to a stop became a stage for the young protesters.

Demonstrators take part in a protest against climate change in central Brussels, Belgium, March 15, 2019.

Friday's rallies were one of the biggest worldwide climate change actions yet, involving hundreds of thousands of students in more than 100 countries around the globe.

The protests were inspired by the Swedish teenager named Greta Thunberg, who has now been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. "The clock is ticking and time is against us!" they shouted. The coverage began last night with our colleagues in Australia and will include reports from correspondents in Thailand, the UK, Belgium, Sweden, France, Spain, the USA and many more throughout the day.

The children have been chanting: "What do we want?" They will be part of protest Friday at the U.S. Capitol.

Organizers expect anywhere from a few hundred a few thousand students could converge on Portland's City Hall to march, speak and ask leaders to support legislation to fight climate change. Brigham Young University students are also set to participate.

Students were protesting around the globe all with the same purpose – to support an international movement for governments to make changes towards preserving the planet

At the 2015 Paris climate conference, countries pledged to work to limit the rise to 2 degrees Celsius, a step that will require a radical reduction in the use of coal and fossil fuels.

She spoke at a Stockholm demonstration today, amid protests being held in 100 other Swedish towns. In a speech at the United Nations in December, Thunberg said: "You say you love your children above all else, and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes".

The strikes and rallies are scheduled in all but a few states (along with others around the world.) They come as public concern about climate change is up, apparently driven by more extreme weather events, and a series of reports on the increasingly dire consequences of the warming climate.

From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students mobilized by word of mouth and social media are skipping class to protest what they see as the failures by their governments to take tough action against global warming.

Ella Smith, from the group, said it was good the school was supporting the movement "because we are the future and we're the ones who can actually make a change now".

In Hong Kong, activists dressed up as polar bears and sharks to highlight the damage done to the environment by climate change.

Supporting the kids: The 62-year-old wrote on Instagram: "You know the world has changed coz (sic) we caught a train to join #ClimateStrike with the school kids, they were amazing".