Greta Thunberg: the world's youthful climate conscience

phys.org | 7/23/2019 | Staff
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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and her planned crossing of the Atlantic on a racing yacht to attend a UN summit in New York.

Swedish climate activist and global star Greta Thunberg understood climate change at an early age and has rallied youths around the world and parents to her cause, sparking criticism along the way.

Year - Climate - Strike - Movement - Nobel

In less than a year the now 16-year-old's humble "climate strike" has become a global movement and set her up as a potential 2019 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

As her strict climate ethos prevents her from flying she is preparing to travel to the New York UN Climate Summit on September 23 by sailboat.

Thunberg - Climate - Struggle - August - School

Thunberg's climate struggle began quietly in August 2018 when she skipped school for the first three weeks, and then on Fridays to spend the day outside Sweden's parliament with a sign labelled "School strike for climate".

Swedish media, at the time occupied by upcoming parliamentary elections, didn't pay much attention to the young girl's message, but only at first.

Greta - Hair - Braids - Protest

Since then Greta, most often seen wearing her hair in tightly knit braids, has diligently continued her weekly protest until recently.

"I'm planning to continue until Sweden is in line with the Paris agreement and that might take a while," she told AFP TV in late 2018.

Demands - Attention - Leaders - Cover - Magazines

Her demands have attracted attention and she has been asked to address global leaders, and adorned the cover of international magazines such as Time and Vogue.

Around the world, young activists have heard the call and modelled protests of their own after Greta's, leading to both praise and criticism.

Children - Speech - France - National - Assembly

"We are after all just children. You don't have to listen to us," she said during a speech to France's National Assembly in July, responding to some of her critics, who had dismissed her as a "prophetess in shorts" and the "Justin Bieber of ecology".

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