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Greta Thunberg is an environmental activist from Sweden who, at just 16 years old, managed to start a real international movement on climate change.
The teenager gave an emotional speech at the UN summit on September 23, criticizing the attitude of world leaders regarding the danger posed by climate change.
The girl's message was harsh, and the subsequent reactions were diverse. Some said they were moved by Greta's words, while others saw in her only a child who does not know what she is talking about.
Greta Thunberg has become a real world phenomenon. On September 20, the teenager led the largest climate protest in history, in which she and the other participants demanded that world leaders begin to act.
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Greta Thunberg is a schoolgirl from Sweden who gained wide popularity in 2019. Someone treats her activities with respect, and someone believes that an active civic position deprived her of her childhood. There are lively discussions about Greta on the Web.
Facts about Greta Thunberg
Greta is an environmental activist who advocates for increased environmental protection measures.
Bibliography and Personal life
1. Greta Thunberg was born on January 3, 2003 in Stockholm, Sweden. She grew up in the family of actor Svante Thunberg and his wife Malena Ernman, who works as an opera singer.
2. Greta first heard about climate change at the age of 8. At the same time, she seriously thought about why society does not make any efforts to correct the situation. The girl was so imbued with this problem that by the age of 11 she fell into depression.
3. As a result, Thunberg stopped eating and communicating with relatives and friends. Concerned parents took their daughter to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, which is a mental disorder that is accompanied by the desire for obsessive rituals and selective speech.
4. It is curious that Greta was not frightened by this syndrome. Instead, she found many positive features in him. For 2 years, she persuaded her father and mother to change their lifestyle to reduce their carbon footprint and overall impact on nature.
5. This led to the fact that the Thunberg family began to eat plant foods, adhering to veganism, and also stopped using air transport services.
6. At the age of 11, she was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a developmental disorder characterized by problems in social interaction. Greta also suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and selective mutism.
7. The second is characterized as the inability of the individual to speak out at the moment when it is expected of her. Greta herself believes that these features allow her to speak only at the most necessary moments. The girl got acquainted with the concept of climate change and ecological catastrophe at the age of 8, at the same time she came to the conclusion that inaction in this regard is unacceptable.
8. Greta does not eat animal food and managed to convince the entire family to switch to a vegan diet. In addition, Thunberg refused to wear genuine leather and fur. She is not the only child in the family, she has a sister named Biata who shares her beliefs.
9. Greta Thunberg loves to read and writes books. She became the author of the collection "Scenes from the Heart", on the pages of which she described many episodes from her own biography.
10. Greta has an Instagram account with tens of millions of followers. On her page, she still continues to promote environmental issues, inspiring others to follow her example.
11. At home, the young eco-activist has two dogs, Moses and Roxy.
12. Greta has visited many countries, but refuses to fly. She spent two weeks sailing on the yacht Malizia to get to New York (USA) for the UN climate change summit.
13. Greta began active social work in the summer of 2018. She led the first solo strike in front of the parliament building in Stockholm. Later, other students began to join her. For the sake of these pickets, teenagers skipped classes at school.
14. In the winter of 2018, she met with the Secretary General of the United Nations, he approved the strikes.
15. There, she distinguished herself by getting to her destination by train, as planes cause great harm to the environment. The mother of Greta Malena also refused air travel for the same reason.
16. Soon she was invited to a conference of the European Socio-Economic Committee. She then met with representatives of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Spring 2019 she met with Pope Francis, he expressed his approval to her and urged her to continue to fight.
17. Greta managed to get acquainted with other significant public and political figures. Among them are former US President Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger, British Environment Minister Michael Gove.
18. Thunberg's speech at the UN climate summit in September 2019 attracted a lot of attention. Her speech lasted about 4 minutes and contained emotional accusations of inaction and ignoring global climate change. Greta believes that world leaders are not only turning a blind eye to what is happening, but also refusing to clearly articulate the problem.
19. By the age of 17, the girl had already earned several awards: she received the title of Ambassador of Conscience from the international non-governmental organization Amnesty International; received the "Freedom Award", planned to direct the funds to the situation with the improvement of the climate in the world; a genus of featherwing beetles of the genus Nelloptodes was named in her honor.
20. Greta was also named one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2019 by Time magazine. The same publication recognized her as the person of the year.
21. In 2020, Thunberg was re-nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. In the same year, a new species of snail, Craspedotropis gretathunbergae, and a new species of spider, Thunberga greta, were named after her. At the same time, she was awarded the Human Act Award.
22. The young eco-activist staged her first climate strike at the walls of the Swedish Parliament in August 2018. The girl was inspired by a school protest in Florida (USA) against US gun laws.
23. On September 20, 2019, the girl led the largest climate strike in history, which was attended by about 4 million people in 161 countries around the world.
Attitude in society
24. There is no unambiguous attitude towards Greta's activities in the world. Some people treat her with respect, while others make fun of her. Some people believe that there is reason to believe that Greta is a commercial project, behind which there are interested parties. In their opinion, the girl does not voice her own thoughts, but only reads speeches prepared in advance by someone, because all the girl’s speeches are of a pronounced emotional nature.
25. The girl often skips school and has not yet entered the university. Her father does not like that her daughter does not attend classes regularly, but he emphasizes that he accepts her choice. In his native country, Thunberg's activities are also criticized by some political figures. Its supporters say that criticism is not constructive, but in fact is personal aggressive attacks.
26. Greta's determination and courage inspired schoolchildren all over the world to participate in student actions. Over 20,000 students held rallies in hundreds of localities. In 2018, she spoke at the UN climate change conference.
27. In her bold speech, Thunberg criticized the world's rulers for their inaction on climate issues. At the same time, she attended many international forums, where she continued to call on the public to act.
28. In early 2019, Greta spoke at the World Economic Forum, as well as at a conference of the European Economic and Social Committee. In the same year, protests were held in various cities, in which over 1 million people participated!
29. An interesting fact is that Greta's phrase - "How dare you", uttered at the UN summit on climate change, received wide publicity in the media and the Internet space. In the following months of her biography, she visited many different countries of the world, meeting with presidents and other dignitaries.
30. Thunberg is deeply concerned about global warming, which has been gaining momentum in recent years. In her speeches, she openly accuses world leaders of inactivity and venality. In one of the speeches, she said that when we talk about the future, they (the politicians) talk about their present.
She became known in August 2018, when she started demonstrations in front of the Swedish Parliament. Every Friday, Greta was absent from school to protest in front of the Parliament building and called on the authorities to take action on climate change.
She always had a sign with the Swedish translation of the message "School Climate Strike" next to her.
Inspirational quotes of Greta Thunberg
In November 2018, 170,000 students from 24 countries joined the teenage protest, each in his own country. Since then, Greta has been giving a series of important speeches, with bold messages.
Greta says she has heard of terms such as climate change and global warming at the age of eight. He also heard about the devastating effects that climate change would have on the planet. He says they found it hard to believe because no one was talking about them. In fact, if it had really happened, it would have seemed normal for him to talk about it on TV, on social media, and in the newspapers.
Climate change is the biggest danger
1. “I shouldn't be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet, you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you?” - Greta Thunberg, UN Climate Change Summit New York, September 2019.
2. "We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis. And if solutions within the system are so impossible to find, then maybe we should change the system itself.” - Greta Thunberg.
3. “The climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions. All we have to do is to wake up and change.” - Greta Thunberg, TEDx Stockholm, December 2018.
4. “I’m sure the moment we start behaving as if we were in an emergency, we can avoid climate and ecological catastrophe.” - Greta Thunberg, Houses of Parliament, UK, April 2019.
5. “For way too long, the politicians and the people in power have gotten away with not doing anything to fight the climate crisis, but we will make sure that they will not get away with it any longer.” - Greta Thunberg, Extinction Rebellion London, UK, April 2019.
6. “You must take action. You must do the impossible. Because giving up is never an option.”- - Greta Thunberg, Congress, September 2019.
7. “I have a dream that the people in power, as well as the media, start treating this crisis like the existential emergency it is.” - Greta Thunberg.
8. “Without that sense of urgency, how can we, the people, understand that we are facing a real crisis.” - Greta Thunberg, COP25 Madrid, December 2019.
A little girl with a big world inside
At the age of 11, Greta fell ill. He became depressed, stopped talking and eating. She was later diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder and selective mutism.
"I think in many ways, we autistic people are normal, and the rest of the people are pretty weird," Greta said in a Ted Talks speech. "Especially when it comes to the sustainability crisis, when everyone says that climate change is an existential threat and the worst problem of all, but they prefer to continue as before," she added.
Thunberg's mother was an opera singer, and her father was an actor. Greta was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, which is now considered an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is characterized by abnormalities in social interactions (as in classical autism), but with normal intelligence and language development.
People with Asperger's syndrome tend to focus deeply on an idea or interest, and Thunberg's cause has become climate change. She first learned about this problem at the age of about eight, and in a few years she changed her habits, became vegan, and refused to travel by plane. (Both animals and aircraft emit a large amount of gas that contributes to global warming.)
9. "We children are doing this to wake the adults up. We children are doing this for you to put your differences aside and start acting as you would in a crisis. We children are doing this because we want our hopes and dreams back." - Greta Thunberg.
10. “Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming whether you like it or not.” - Greta Thunberg.
11. “I often talk to people who say, ‘No, we have to be hopeful and to inspire each other, and we can’t tell [people] too many negative things’ . . . But, no — we have to tell it like it is.” - Greta Thunberg.
12. “It will take a far-reaching vision, it will take courage, it will take fierce, fierce determination to act now, to lay the foundations where we may not know all the details about how to shape the ceiling.” - Greta Thunberg.
13. “I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic.” - Greta Thunberg, World Economic Forum, Davos, January 2019.
A great impact in a big world
Seeking to have a greater impact, Thunberg tried to encourage lawmakers to tackle climate change. Almost three weeks before the Swedish elections in September 2018, she missed school to stand in front of the country's parliament with a sign that read Skolstrejk för Klimatet (Climate School Strike).
Although alone on the first day of the strike, more and more people joined her every day afterwards, and her story attracted international attention. After the election, Thunberg returned to school, but continued to drop out of classes on Friday to strike, and these days were called Friday for the future.
Her action has inspired hundreds of thousands of students around the world to attend their own Friday for the future. Strikes have taken place in countries such as Belgium, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Finland, Denmark, France and the Netherlands.
Thunberg has received numerous invitations to talk about climate change. He has given speeches at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and the European Parliament, as well as in the legislatures of Italy, France, the United Kingdom and the United States.
In September 2019, her appearance at a UN climate event in New York - where she traveled on an emission-free yacht - drew special attention to her passionate comments: You stole my dreams and childhood with your empty words ... We are at the beginning of a mass extinction and everything you can talk about money and fairy tales about eternal economic growth. How dare you!
While Thunberg has been credited with changing people's views and behaviors on climate change - her influence has been known as the Greta effect - she has not been without detractors. Pres. Brazilian Jair Bolsonaro named her especially in 2019.
14. “People in power have got away with not doing anything.” - Greta Thunberg.
15. “We can change and people are ready for change.” - Greta Thunberg, COP25 Madrid, December 2019.
16. “There is hope – I’ve seen it – but it does not come from the governments or corporations, it comes from the people.” - Greta Thunberg, COP25 Madrid, December 2019.
17. “Humanity is now standing at a crossroads. We must now decide which path we want to take. How do we want the future living conditions for all living species to be like?” - Greta Thunberg, Extinction Rebellion London, UK, April 2019.
18. “I think it is insane that people are gathered here to talk about the climate, and they arrive here in private jets.” - Greta Thunberg, World Economic Forum, Davos, January 2019.
19. “Some decision-makers in particular, have known exactly what priceless values they have been sacrificing to continue making unimaginable amounts of money.”- Greta Thunberg.
20. “You must take action. You must do the impossible. Because giving up can never ever be an option.”- Greta Thunberg.