If you haven’t heard or seen anything on Greta Thunberg lately then you must be living under a rock! She’s a climate change activist taking on the world’s politicians and civilians calling for change. And, she’s starting to be heard.
The sixteen year old from Sweden is stirring up political debates on the 20th century’s most daunting issue – climate change. Potentially, the Rosa Parks of our generation, Greta Thunberg started to take notice of the effects of climate change at the mere age of eight as she viewed shocking documentaries on the topic in the classrooms of her school.
Due to Greta’s conditions such as Asperger’s and selective mutism, (which is said to cause both complex anxiety disorders and overanalyzing) have made Greta the passionate teen she is. She also believes that her Asperger’s is her superpower when it comes to delivering her message and thoughts to those that will listen – and is an inspiration to teenagers alike.
Pushing governments and companies to address the issue, Greta started protesting in 2018 where she created handwritten signs reading ‘School Strike For Climate’, also known as the ‘Friday's For Future’ movement in which she encouraged her fellow students to skip school to protest the issues of global warming to the Swedish Government and demand a change.
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In November 2018 at the age of 15, Greta started looking at stronger protesting ideas that would provoke adults and governments, which resulted in protests on the footpath of the Swedish parliament for two weeks, demanding emissions to be cut by 15% a year. This grew to 1.5 million young people rallying with Greta only six months later with protesters from over 100 different countries. Greta has now devoted her Friday’s to protesting for climate change in hopes for governments to alter their views and begin to approach the issue more in-depth.
The UN Climate Action Summit was held in New York City this year where all World Leaders gather annually to derive plans to address the evolving issues of global warming such as diminishing the carbon emissions that skyrocketed in 2018. During this year's Summit, Greta took matters into her own hands where she delivered a powerful speech in front of the many leaders and public to make an impact on their views of global warming.
“This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be standing here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to me for hope? How dare you!" She says. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.” Greta tearfully shared on Monday.
Travelling from her home in Sweden, Greta boarded a solar-powered ship with zero-emissions across the Atlantic Ocean to New York City, as she wanted to avoid flying and releasing carbon emissions into the earth’s atmosphere.
Greta Thunberg is a young and true environmental activist who is sharing her passion and power with World Leaders and the public with her goal to save the planet from destructing from Climate Change.
Follow her on social media and let’s help her make a change.
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