Thousands expected at student-led climate change march through Wellington

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

The country-wide strike comes months after students first skipped school for the Strike 4 Climate Action protests, which brought thousands of kids out onto Australian streets - sparking condemnation from Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

In this episode, 16-year-old Greta tells the Guardian's global environment editor, Jonathan Watts, how it all began and what she makes of the attention she has generated.

Hundreds of school children across the city will leave their classrooms today to join the global strike for climate change.

She planted the seed of the movement when Sweden was having its parliamentary elections last September.

"More people are starting to become aware of the situation and that we are facing a crisis", Thunberg said on CBSN Thursday.

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"They talk about our age, our looks and so on", she continued.

Over the past half year, Thunberg has been taking world leaders to task over climate inaction with blunt, fiery speeches.

"I just thought that nothing is happening and no one is doing anything to fight climate change", she told CBSN.

She soon gained a large following on social media for her work, and the movement she started spread to other countries across Europe and around the world.

Because of her efforts to combat climate change and save the planet - and inspire young people around the world to do the same - the Swedish teen has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by three Norwegian lawmakers.

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"We have nominated Greta because the climate threat may be one of the most important causes of war and conflict".

The Nobel committee doesn't comment on nominations, but Thunberg is up for the 2019 prize along with 301 other candidates, including 223 individuals and 78 organizations.

After her speeches at the United Nations climate change conference in Poland and at the Davos forum, she became an example for many young people all over the world, who since have promoted similar initiatives.

"(I am) honoured and very grateful for this nomination", said Thunberg on Twitter.

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