A Swedish environmental activist GRETA THUNBERG who has created a wave about climate change movement in August 2018. At the age of 15, she started writing a simple message in the poster board,” School Strike for the climate change .” (In Swedish ) . She had skipped school hours every day continuously for 3 months and protested outside the Swedish parliament for action on global warming. Other young students realized the moral and started joining. After the general election, she continued her strike only for Fridays and inspired school students across the globe to take part in a student strikes. There was the “Fridays for Future” began. The social media played a vital role in spreading this news all over the world and millions of young influenced people came under one root for one issue. As of December 2018 more than 20,000 students had held strikes in at least 270 cities. The school strikes for climate on 20 or 27 September in 2019 were attended by over four million people, according to one of the co-organisers. That was the largest climate protest in history.
Full name Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg born on 3 January 2003 in Stockholm Sweden. Her profession is a student and environmental activist. She is from an artistic family. Her father Svante Thunberg is an actor and her mother Melena Ernman is a famous Swedish singer. Greta first time learned about climate change at the age of 8 in 2011. She has made efforts to lower her carbon footprint by not flying aircraft and becoming vegan and has influenced her family to do so. Greta has said that she tried to show them graphs and data when that didn’t work, she warned her family that they were stealing her future. Greta provoked her mother as much she had to give up her international opera career due to the environmental impact on aviation. Her father was not happy for skipping her school instead he thinks she can make a difference. She was diagnosed with Asperger syndromes obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) selective mutism. Greta has a younger sister Beata Thunberg who is a popular singer in Sweden. Like her sister, Beata has been open about her own challenge dealing with ADHD and OCD. Difficulty with social interactions, Restricted interests, desired for sameness, Distinctive strengths all are the symptoms of Asperger. Greta doesn’t view her Asperger’s like illness and has instead called it a superpower. She said, “I have Asperger’s and that means I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm,” She added. “And — given the right circumstances — being different is a superpower.”
After a sudden emeute, she was invited from many national and international conferences about climate change. She delivered her bold speech which bounded many political leaders to think about climate change as a problem. In London in October 2018, she addressed the ‘Declaration of Rebellion’ organized by the Extinction Rebellion opposite the Houses of Parliament. She said, “We’re facing an immediate unprecedented crisis that has never been treated as a crisis and our leaders are all acting like children. We need to wake up and change everything”. On 24 November 2018, she spoke at TdxStockholm about the realization of her age 8 how much threatening matter climate change is! She said, ” We can’t change the world by playing the rules, because the rules have to be changed .” On 23 January 2019, she arrived in Davos after 32 hours train journey for climate campaign at world economic forum. Later in the week, she warned the global leaders, “I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house was on fire—because it is.” On 21 February 2019, she spoke at a conference of the European Economic and Social Committee and to European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, where she said that to limit global warming to less than the two degrees C goal established at the Paris Agreement, the EU must reduce their CO2 emissions by 80% by 2030, double the 40% goal set in Paris. 29 – 31 March 2019 she visited Berlin. On 29 March she delivered a speech in front of Brandenburg gate, she said, “We live in a strange world where children must sacrifice their own education in order to protest against the destruction of their future. Where the people who have contributed the least to this crisis are the ones who are going to be affected the most.” About 25,000 people heard her that speech.
She became a leader and a target for her sudden rise to world fame. In May 2019 Greta has featured on the cover of Time magazine and, which named her as,” next-generation leader” and described her as a role model of many. Fellowship of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society has been named as one of the 100 most influential people of 2019 by Time magazine. Thunberg was nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. September 2019, she addressed the UN Climate Action Summit in New York. On 23 September 2019 in New York, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) hosted a press conference where Greta Thunberg joined. Together a group of 16 children announced they had made an official complaint against five nations that are not on track to meet the emission reduction targets they committed to in their Paris Agreement pledges: Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, and Turkey.
All those protests were not very easy for Greta she has been fighting with her health issue. Alas! She was faced with many times criticism from big shots even big politician’s names also was there. Every time she gave a bold answer. There was some misuse of her name. In December 2019, she is set to attend the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Chile. Hopefully, she will arrive in Lisbon, Portugal sometime before December. This 16-year little girl is traveling to another part to another portion in the world without flying aircraft for a secure future planet where other children are playing video games. A big salute for her courtesy.
Rowshon Ara/RA -12/2019