"We've been talking to some students who aren't able to come to our strike because it's too far, and they're doing their own mini-marches around their schools", says organizer Julia Sampson.
Students in New Jersey, across the United States and around the world have organized "climate strikes" as part of a surging youth effort to push global leaders to take immediate action to address climate change.
"We might live in a world as adults without food security and without fresh water if we don't do something now", she said.
Norwegian deputy Andre Ovstegard told the "VG" newspaper on Wednesday that he and two other parliamentarians of the Socialist Left Party have nominated Thunberg because "climate threats are perhaps one of the most important contributions to war and conflict", and "the mass movement that she has promoted is a very important contribution to peace", reports Efe news.
A walkout is planned in advance of an 11 a.m. Friday rally at City Hall, 210 Lottie St.
Local students have received a permit to close Lottie Street for the event, which mirrors the February 2018 Students for Action demonstration that drew some 2,000 students and others in the wake of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Ms Ardern condemned the attack, which she said was "unprovoked".
All the students, as well as anyone else who cares about the future of our environment, is welcome to join in both the march to Valletta, as well as the actual environmental demonstration happening outside Parliament in Valletta.
Through social media, the group has also been able to communicate with protests across the globe.
As Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pointed out in the wake of the attack, New Zealand has long prided itself on the public's easy access to politicians. "We've been trying to organize video exchanges or some sort of support for one another". "But obviously as teachers they're not allowed to condone us striking school".
The main thing all the students emphasize is that climate change needs to be taken more seriously.