Greta Thunberg is a youth activist from Sweden. She began an international climate
awareness campaign in 2018. Her goal is to make the world aware of the damage that
has been done to our planet, and also to fight the effects of climate change. She began
her campaign with a “School Strike for Climate” written on a piece of poster board,
skipping school on Fridays, and protesting outside of Parliament in her home country.
Greta’s message was able to reach the rest of the world through social media. Her
actions against climate change have spread to millions of young people through all
forms of social media, and many people all over the world have held sit-ins and protests
to show their love for Earth and the need to make major changes to our environment.
Traversing the Earth for the Earth
In Europe, “Fridays for the Future” is a way for young people to show leaders of their
countries to act on climate change. These walkouts are led by Greta Thunberg. She
has travelled the world and met with leaders from many different parts of the globe
demanding changes to policies that impact the planet. She has asked leaders and
dignitaries to recommit to the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement is a treaty that is
in place in multiple countries around the globe that promises to limit global warming by
1.5 degrees Celsius by 2050. To do this, countries will have to reduce greenhouse
Greta Thunberg has Asperger’s, a condition on the autism spectrum. Sometimes
people with this condition can have difficulties with verbal communication and can have
an all encompassing interest in one specific topic. Greta Thunberg knows that her
special interests in the climate change disaster are intensified by her Asperger’s, but
she calls that her superpower. Without it, she may not care as much about the
environment, or get other people to rally behind her.
Greta Thunberg was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019. She has also
become the youngest person ever to be named Time’s Person of the Year. Greta was
born in 2003.