Greta Thunberg to lead climate change rally in Rome

Greta Thunberg, the teenage Swedish activist at the head of a worldwide youth movement against climate change, will lead a rally in Rome on Friday, 19 April, news wires reported. Thunberg, 16, will address demonstrators in Piazza del Popolo, the central square where Italian activists have been gathering for weekly 'Fridays for Future' rallies.

The movement has spread to thousands of cities around the world since Thunberg first began camping out next to the Swedish parliament in Stockholm with a hand-written sign: "School strike for climate".

Thunberg has also been invited to speak at the Italian Senate the day before the rally, as part of a debate on climate change called by the speaker of the upper house, Elisabetta Casellati.

The teenager has addressed the United Nations and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to urge coordinated action on global warming.

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