Who Is Greta Thunberg? The 16 Yrs Old Who’s Fighting For Earth’s Survival

Our home is dying. We know that, yet many of us seem unbothered with the seriousness of it. Enter Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate and environmental Swedish activist. By now, you’ve probably heard about her and the global movement on climate change.

Just last week, she voiced a powerful speech at the United Nations climate summit, in which she accused world leaders of betraying her generation by failing to tackle greenhouse gas emissions.

“I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back at school, on the other side of the ocean.” She added, “You come to us young people for hope. How dare you?”

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«Nature can repair our broken climate»Very proud to contribute with my music to this powerful message of Greta Thunberg!#NatureNow 🌍➡️ https://www.naturalclimate.solutions/🎙Narrateurs: Greta Thunberg & George Monbiot🎬Réalisateur : Tom Mustill 🔋Production : Triangle Monday🎥Chef Opérateur & Monteur : Fergus Dingle 🎤Son: Shaman Media🛸GFX: Paraic Mcgloughlin 📱Online: Bram De Jonghe📸Photo de post : Special Treats Productions🎚Mix : Mcasso Music 🎧Audio Post : Tom Martin💡NCS Guidance : Charlie Lat🎼Musique : Rone (InFiné music)The Independent film by Gripping Films(Tom Mustill) was supported by: Conservation International Food and Land Use Coalition Gower St With guidance from Nature4Climate Natural Climate Solutions www.grippingfilms.com #naturenow

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If she’s impacted you just as she’s done with us, this is what you need to know about Greta Thunberg.

1. She suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, OCD and selective mutism 

The young activist was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome four years ago. During her talk at TEDxStockholm, she said that she “only speaks when (she) thinks it’s necessary – now is one of those moments”.

She explains how she can’t easily shake her feelings off for the environment. In an interview with The Guardian, she said, “I overthink. Some people can just let things go, but I can’t especially if there’s something that worries me or makes me sad.”

Greta recalled she would cry when teachers showed her class films of plastic in the ocean and starving polar bears. She said, “My classmates were concerned when they watched the film, but when it stopped, they started thinking about other things. I couldn’t do that. Those pictures were stuck in my head.”

2. The climate crisis affected her so much that she fell into depression

At the tender age of eight years old, Greta was severely affected by climate change that she fell into a depression. By 11 years old, she stopped going to school and lost up to 10 kilos in just a couple of months. It was during this time at home that she discussed her environmental concerns with her parents.

3. Her first climate strike was at 15-years-old 

Just one year ago and the rest is history in the making. In August 2018, Greta decided to skip school to protest climate change by sitting outside the Swedish parliament. What started with her handing out fliers on her cause for climate crisis all by herself has changed with the support of millions.

4. She’s sailed across the Atlantic instead of flying 

True to her cause, Greta traveled to the United States for the UN summit by sailing on a zero-emissions racing yacht. The 18-meter boat had solar panels and underwater turbines that produced electricity onboard to equipped her with her journey. The only catch was that the boat had no showers or toilets and those on it had to use a blue bucket.

During her appearance on The Daily Show, she told Trevor Noah, “I’ve stopped flying because of the enormous impact aviation had on the climate.”

She continued, “I am one of the very few people who can do such a trip…So I thought, why not?”

5. She holds an impressive number of awards under her name 

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Today I received the #prixliberte in Normandie, France. Here is a part from my speech: “Yesterday I spent the day with the D-day veteran Charles Norman Shay at Omaha beach. It was a day I will never forget. Not only because of the unimaginable bravery and sacrifices made by those who gave their lives to defend the freedom and democracy of the world. But also because they managed to do the seemingly impossible possible. I think the least we can do to honour them is to stop destroying that same world that Charles, Léon and their friends and colleagues fought so hard to save for us. We owe it them. We owe it to the future generations. We owe it to ourselves.” So honoured and grateful to receive this prize!

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Amnesty International chose to present the 2019 award to Greta due to her climate change activism. The statement revealed, “Her decision to miss school every Friday starting in August 2018 and instead protest outside the Swedish parliament until it took more serious action to tackle the climate emergency kicked off the Fridays for Future movement. It has since mobilised more than one million young people from all over the world.”

Later that month, Greta was awarded the Right Livelihood Award aka “the alternative Nobel Prize” for inspiring and amplifying political demands for urgent climate action reflecting scientific facts.

While in July, the teen was honoured with the Prix Liberte, an award that recognises young people who are “engaged in a fight for peace and freedom. To which she donated the €25,000 prize money to four different organisations dedicated to climate justice.

Greta Thunberg has also been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Thank you, Greta, for being the change that the world needs more than ever. #FridaysForFuture

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