Greta Thunberg

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Person.png Greta Thunberg  Rdf-icon.png
(activist)
Greta Thunberg.jpg
Born3 January 2003
Parents • Malena Ernman
• Svante Thunberg

Greta Thunberg is a Swedish teenage environmental activist on climate change whose campaigning has gained international recognition.

Activities

Thunberg first became known for her activism in August 2018 when, at age 15, she began spending her school days outside the Swedish parliament to call for stronger action on global warming by holding up a sign saying (in Swedish) "School strike for climate". Soon, other students engaged in similar protests in their own communities. Together, they organised a school climate strike movement under the name Fridays for Future. After Thunberg addressed the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference, student strikes took place every week somewhere in the world. In 2019, there were at least two coordinated multi-city protests involving over one million students each.[1]

Greta Thunberg is known for her blunt,[2]: Greta Thunberg's blunt speech to UK MPs [3] both in public and to political leaders and assemblies, in which she urges immediate action to address what she describes as the climate crisis. At home, Thunberg convinced her parents to adopt several lifestyle choices to reduce their own carbon footprint, including giving up air travel and not eating meat.

Her sudden rise to world fame has made her a leader and a target.[4] In May 2019, Thunberg was featured on the cover of Time magazine, which named her a "next generation leader" and noted that many see her as a role model.[5] Thunberg and the school strike movement were also featured in a 30-minute Vice magazine documentary titled Make the World Greta Again.[6] Some media have described her impact on the world stage as the "Greta Thunberg effect".[7] Thunberg has been the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including fellowship of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, has been named as one of the 100 most influential people of 2019 by Time magazine, and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. In September 2019, she addressed the UN Climate Action Summit in New York.

3 January 2003|


References

  1. "Youth Demand Climate Action in Global School Strike"
  2. "Is my English OK?"
  3. "The Swedish teen holding world leaders accountable for climate change"
  4. "It's Greta's World". New York Magazine Intelligencer. 17 September 2019.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  5. Gilliver, Liam (16 May 2019). "Greta Thunberg on the Cover of TIME: 'Now I Am Speaking to the Whole World'". Plant Based News. Archived from the original on 30 June 2019. Retrieved 22 July 2019.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  6. "Make the World Greta Again". Retrieved 4 Oct 2019.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  7. "The Greta Thunberg effect: at last, MPs focus on climate change"
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