05 Jul Greta Thunberg and Climate Change: The Badass 18-Years Old Activist with Promising Achievements
It seems like we’ve been underestimating climate change as an issue, but not for the brave Greta Thunberg. Perhaps we didn’t see the damage of climate change as clear as her, we haven’t feel nor see the effect of this natural disaster to our life firsthand. However, we can’t afford to wait until the climate change starts to kick in to take action, like what people used to say, it’s better to prevent than to heal. This article talks about the basic info, works, and achievement of one Greta Thunberg, very young yet very talented activist.
Greta Thunberg Mini-Biography
Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg is a female Swedish activist that focused her agenda on environment, especially climate change. She was born in Sweden, January 3rd 2003, and yes, she is 18-years old as this article is published. Greta’s mother, Malena Ernman, is an opera singer and her father Svante Thunberg, is an actor. She learned about climate change when she was eight, regardless of none of her parents were a climate activists. Regardless of having asperger’s syndrome, she have achieved amazing things.
She is globally known known for challenging world leaders to take immediate action to mitigate and prevent climate change. One time, Greta is protesting outside the Swedish parliament for an immediate action for wildfires and sky high temperatures in her home country (She was 15 at that time). At the same age, Greta won a climate change essay competition in a local newspaper. She started protesting in front of the Swedish parliament building, demanding Swedish government met the carbon emissions target agreed by world leaders in Paris, 2015.
From there, Greta is grabbing many attention from millions of adults and young people alike. The reason behind her activism is that she felt the young generation will suffer the most from the overlooking government. One of her belief is that, and we quote, “our future was sold so that a small number of people could make unimaginable amounts of money”. Not only speaking on behalf of her home country, Greta stated that people living in the southern parts of the world are currently suffering from climate change.
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The Hard Work of Greta Thunberg
Greta Thunburg become famous in 2018 when she skipped school in order to held a strike against climate change, holding a sign with “skolstrejk för klimatet” (school strike for climate change) written on it, like what we see in many of her photos. Greta quickly became a global news story as she is the youngest activist that directly pointing out climate change and ineffectiveness of world leaders in dealing with them, inspiring many people around the world to strike outside the parliaments of their respective countries.
Later on, She was invited to speak at the United Nations Climate Change Conference on December 2018 in Katowice, Poland. Of course, her speech in that conference went viral as she made a very bold claim, saying that the world leaders are not being “mature enough” to handle climate change and just let it slide. She made another huge appearance in the World Economic Forum on January 2019 in Davos, Switzerland. Among the world leaders out there, the former president of the US, Donald Trump, responded, negatively.
We all knew how Trump uses Twitter, and Greta is no exception for his spicy tweets. She responded at the same time as she is nominated by the Time Magazine as Person of the Year 2019. In her speech for the Time magazine award, she said, and we quote “It’s quite hilarious when the only thing people can do is mock you, or talk about your appearance or personality, as it means they have no argument or nothing else to say”. This year, Greta works with BBC One and released a documentary film “A Year to Change the World”.
As part of her activism, she travels to areas in the US in which have been seriously affected by climate change, including California who got hit by the wildfires. However, regardless of her climate change agenda, Greta had been following the Black Lives Matter movement. Which has reached it’s climax last year after the death of George Floyd in the US, sparked a series of protests around the world. While during pandemic, Greta criticize vaccine inequality as richer countries have secured most vaccine and poorer countries had almost none.
Greta Thunberg’s Achievements
To wrap up this article, let us showcase Greta’s achievements. She’s been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize three times, aired her own BBC documentary “A Year to Change the World”, received a spot on Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, the Forbes put her on a list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. She released a couple of books titled “No One is Too Small to Make a Difference”. Invited to speak at the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference and the 2019 World Economic Forum.
Source: Who is Greta Thunberg, how old is she and what did she do? By Grace Walsh, April 21st 2021
Greta Thunberg: Who is she and what does she want? By BBC, February 28th 2020