Swedish teenage climate activist and Nobel peace prize nominee Greta Thunberg was awarded the first Normandy Freedom Prize, sponsored by World War II veterans Charles Norman Shay and Leon Gautier, in the French city of Caen on Sunday.

''I think the least we can do to honour them is to stop destroying that same world that Charles, Leon and their friends and colleagues fought so hard to save for us, we owe it to them, we owe it to future generations and we owe it to ourselves," Thunberg referring to the experiences of WWII veterans.

The 'Fridays for Future' strike movement came to prominence through the then 15-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who conducted a solitary protest outside the Swedish parliament in 2018. Since then, Thunberg has galvanised tens of thousands of students across the world to walk out of school on Fridays to demand stronger action on climate change from their governments.

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